Cut Flowers and Foliage

Partnerships – Collaboration with the Queensland Government

Yuruga Nursery has sponsored a 6-year Queensland Government DPI research project (in partnership with the RIRDC) to identify and evaluate the commercial potential of north Queensland native species for the Cut Flower and Foliage Industry. In addition to making a substantial monetary contribution to the project, Yuruga supplied plants for the trial plots and provided expert advice regarding cultivation techniques and requirements.

The hugely successful project resulted in the identification of several new plants for the cut flower and foliage trade, and Yuruga has taken out Plant Breeders Rights (PBR) over the best two of these new plants, Stenocarpus ‘Forest Lace’ and Stenocarpus ‘Forest Gem’.

Formal market research within the Australian florist industry has been completed for ‘Forest Lace’, and indicates extensive demand for this product. A commercialisation plan is now being completed for this product. Watch this space.

Cut Flower and Foliage Trial plots on the Atherton Tablelands with Stenocarpus ‘Forest Lace’, a new variety of native cut foliage bred at Yuruga Nursery.

DPI/Yuruga Cut Flowers Foliage Trial Plots at Malanda, Upper Barron and Mareeba, Atherton Tablelands, Queensland, Australia

Stenocarpus 'Forest Gem' in production at Malanda, Atherton Tablelands