FLOWER GROWERS

Flower Growers

Chamelaucium uncinatum (Waxflower) is widely grown as an amenity and potted flowering plant, and recently has become significant in the world trade as a cut flower. Waxflower is a proven revenue earner with high market acceptance in the key major flower consumption markets (Europe, USA, Japan, Canada, Taiwan, Hong Kong, China). It has long been a garden specimen in Western Australia however it has been grown as a cut flower crop in California since the 1940s and was introduced into Israel in the 1970s. It is also grown in places such as Peru, Africa, Chile and Portugal. The development of Waxflower as a cutflower crop has occurred in Australia over the last 20 years. It is now Australia's leading commercial native flower. The Australian Waxflower season starts in June in Queensland, then moves to Western Australia from July until November.Our last flowering region is in Victoria in the south east of Australia with a typical flowering period of September until December.

Waxflower flourishes in deep Sandy soils with hot dry summers and cold wet winters. Day length and temperature affect flower initiation and temperature affects time of flowering. Waxflower is extremely drought tolerant and as a cut flower plant can survive and thrive with limited amounts of water. For cut flower production irrigation is required to produce long stems which attract premium prices in many markets. Waxflower is sensitive to frost during flowering. A typical Waxflower plant can last for decades if well looked after with regular pruning. The stems of Waxflower make an attractive filler with almost any feature flower and the excellent vase life is a strong feature of this rewarding plant.