Nursery & cutflowers

Western Australia has a significant nursery industry and also grows exotic and Australian native flowers for local and export markets. Nurseries exist in most areas from Broome to Esperance. 

Important sectors include land rehabilitation after mining and on farms, state and local government, seedlings for commercial growers and home gardens. There is growing emphasis on ‘waterwise’ plants using local provenance species.

Sales of exotic cutflowers are primarily local whereas waxflowers, South African proteas and bush-picked flowers and foliage are mostly exported.

The Department of Agriculture and Food, Western Australia has developed new hybridised waxflower varieties and produced reports on best propagation, field and postharvest management practices of these crops. 


  • 25 June 2014

    Mites of the Tetranychidae family (commonly known as spider mites) include some important pests of economic concern to agriculture and forestry.

  • 4 February 2015

    Ground pearls are closely related to scale insects and can be serious pests of sugarcane and recreational turf.

  • 9 December 2016

    Pesticides are often used to control western flower thrips (Frankliniella occidentalis) in horticultural crops. However, western flower thrips is regarded to be a 'pesticide-induced proble

  • 9 December 2014

    The supply of nutrients to plants in a nursery can be achieved using different methods.

  • 5 January 2015

    Liquid fertiliser is commonly used on its own or as a supplement to base fertiliser in horticulture.

  • 9 December 2014

    Phytophthora root rot is the most common soil-borne disease causing plant death in native cutflower production.

  • 25 July 2016

    Waxflower is susceptible to a range of foliar diseases. The main problems which occur in commercial plantations and their control are outlined here.

  • 8 September 2016

    This page describes the characteristics of a good potting mix and outlines some of the common ingredients, as well as detailing simple tests for aeration and water-holding capacity.

  • 22 December 2014

    Verticordia is a large genus (101 species) of Australian plants with a diverse range of colours including reds, yellows and golds with terminal flower forms, some of which flower over the Christmas

  • 9 December 2016

    Bleached ornamental plant material provides a striking contrast when arranged with dried or dyed flowers. Bleaching also allows the use of subtle pastel dyes.


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