The Department of Agriculture and Food, Western Australia works closely with the vegetable industry to promote growth through better market access, developing integrated pest management programs and improving water and fertiliser use efficiency.

Vegetable production in Western Australia had a farm gate value of about $336 million in 2013, with the total industry value being $909 million. Most crops are grown for local consumption, apart from carrots, which are exported year-round to South East Asia and the Middle East.

The main growing areas are in the South-West, especially the Swan Coastal Plain from Gingin to Busselton, and around Manjimup and Albany.


  • 23 August 2016

    The production of chicons or witlof ('white leaf') chicory is a major industry in many European countries but it is an expensive vegetable to grow as it is a two-stage crop, requiring 'forcing' for

  • 21 October 2015

    Snow peas and sugar snap peas can be grown throughout the year in the south west of Western Australia. The plants are not affected by frost, but flowers and pods may be damaged.

  • 29 July 2016

    Spinach is a general term for certain vegetables and may refer to plants from five different families.

  • 18 October 2016

    Leeks will grow on a range of soil types and grow best with temperatures between 15 and 25°C. They generally take 21 to 30 weeks to reach maturity from transplanting.

  • 18 October 2016

    Brussels sprouts are the most cold tolerant of the brassica crops. They should be grown in well-drained soil and fertilised regularly.

  • 30 January 2015

    Swedes and turnips are members of the brassica family and mainly grown commercially in the South-West of the state, particularly in cooler months.

  • 21 October 2015

    Spring onions are grown mainly on the Swan Coastal Plain for the Western Australian local market. They differ from shallots and bulb onions as they have small enlarged bulbs with straight, hollow l

  • 18 October 2016

    Chinese water chestnuts are a potential small crop for specialised markets for growers in warm temperate regions.

  • 18 October 2016

    Celery is one of the highest yielding vegetable crops in Western Australia and is usually grown from transplants produced by specialist seedling nurseries.

  • 20 September 2016

    An efficient irrigator uses a systematic approach to ensure the irrigation system is delivering water evenly, that schedules meet plant demand, and fine-tunes irrigations to suit the soil and crop


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