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

  • Glycerining is the term used in the ornamental cutflower and foliage processing industry to describe treating fresh plant material with a hygroscopic (water-attracting) chemical. The objective is t

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

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

  • Qualup bell is indigenous to Western Australia and is distinguished by large colourful bracts that provide an eye catching display as a cut flower. It can be used as a filler or feature filler.

  • Banksias are a unique flower composed of compact inflorescences. They can be harvested from the bush for domestic and export markets or grown commercially.

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

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