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 Primary Industries and Regional Development has developed new hybridised waxflower varieties and produced reports on best propagation, field and postharvest management practices of these crops.

Articles

  • Correct postharvest handling is essential to maximise vase life and maintain flower and foliage quality.

  • Smokebush offers a wide diversity of flower types, ranging from white to blue, and flowering from summer to winter.

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

  • Cutflowers are a luxury product and consumers demand a certain standard of quality and value for money.

  • The presence of insects in flower crops can result in feeding damage to flowers, leaves and stems or cause galls to form.

  • If you think that commercial flower growing could be worth considering, this page will help you work through the issues critical for success and point to sources of information to help achieve that

  • This web page outlines the commercial cultivation of Boronia megastigma (brown boronia) and B. heterophylla (pink).

  • 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.

  • Root-knot nematodes are plant-parasitic round worms with a broad host range which includes many important horticultural crops, pastures and some weed species.

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

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