Cut flower resources (Protected and outdoor)

AHDB Horticulture funded an extensive programme of research on many aspects of commercial cut flower production. The available reports  and resources are listed below. They have been categorised according to the topics covered.


PESTS OF CUT FLOWERS:


Midges

Research project HNS/PO 199: Agapanthus gall midge

Research project HNS/PO 199a: Development of novel control options for agapanthus gall midge


Thrips

Thrips control on protected ornamental crops



INTEGRATED PEST MANAGEMENT


A guide to best practice in handling bought-in plants

Biobeds for treatment of pesticide waste and washings

Cut Flower Crop Walkers’ Guide

Practical measures to prevent and manage insecticide, fungicide and herbicide resistance for horticultural crops

Research project PO 008: Improving the efficiency of spray application for protected ornamental crops: a study of spraying methods and novel spraying technologies.

Research project PO 009: Development of trap plant systems

Soil disinfestation options for cut flower growers




DISEASES OF CUT FLOWERS:


Fusarium wilt

Investigations into the control of Fusarium oxysporum in protected cut flower column stocks

Maintaining successful control of downy mildew in protected crops of cut flower column stocks

Summary of the Cut Flower Centre (CFC) trial examining the susceptibility of a wide range of different varieties of column stocks (Matthiola incana) to fusarium wilt

Research report PO 005: Column stocks : An Investigation into the cause(s) of poor establishment, growth and flower uniformity in commercial crops


Botrytis

Guidelines for minimising latent grey mould (Botrytis cinerea) in cut flowers and pot plants

Management of botrytis in cut flower peony crops


Downy Mildew

Control of lisianthus downy mildew


Powdery mildew

Control of powdery mildew diseases on cut flowers





WEEDS OF CUT FLOWERS


Chemical weed control in ornamental cropS

Chemical weed control in outdoor cut flower crops




OTHER TOPICS ON CUT FLOWERS:


The Cut Flower Centre

The Cut Flower Centre (CFC) has provided coordinated cut flower research and demonstration  for the industry with the aim of identifying and evaluating new potential seasonal cut flower species for the UK market and provide technical and cultural information relating to production. 
The details of this work can be found from each of the research pages below and from the dedicated CFC website.

PO/BOF 002: Cut-Flower Trials 2010 - 2012

PO/BOF 002: Cut-Flower Trials 2013 - 2017

PO/BOF 002b: Cut-Flower Trials 2018 - 2022


Nutrient management

Research project PO/BOF 003: Nutrient management for protected ornamentals, bulbs and outdoor flowers

Sustainable fertiliser use in field-grown ornamental crops guide

Sustainable fertiliser use in field-grown ornamental crops poster


New product development

Alstroemerias as a tunnel-grown cut flower crop

Annual dianthus (Dianthus barbatus hybrids) as a cut flower

Delphinium as a cut flower crop grown in Spanish tunnels

Field- and tunnel-grown cut-flowers with potential for UK exploitation: A review of trials programmes and research on ‘novel’ subjects

Field-grown woody cut foliage crops

Lisianthus (Eustoma grandiflorum) as a cut flower crop grown in polythene tunnels

Ornamental grasses suitable for use as ‘fillers’ in mixed bouquets

Scabious as a cut flower for the UK market

Seed-raised species suitable for use as ‘fillers’ in mixed bouquets

Snapdragons (Antirrhinum majus) as a cut flower crop grown in polythene tunnels

Summary of Cut Flower Centre (CFC) trial results for a new range of Breanthus annual dianthus from Hilverda Kooji (2012)

Summary of Cut Flower Centre (CFC) trial results for a new range of Solomio and Star spray carnations from Hilverda Kooji (2012)

Sunflowers (Helianthus annuus cultivars) as a field- and tunnel-grown cut flower crop


Hydroponics

Research project PO 018: Review of Hydroponic Flower Production Techniques and Future Opportunities

Research project PO 020: The development of an experimental deep pool hydroponics system to investigate its potential for cut flowers

Research project PO 020a: The development of an experimental deep pool hydroponics system to investigate its potential for cut flowers


Post-harvest handling

Guidelines for the post-harvest handling of cut flowers

Guidelines for the post-harvest handling of cut flowers and foliage

Guidelines for the post-harvest handling of cut tulips

Guidelines for the post-harvest handling of cut lilies


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