Technical Library

Biosecurity, Pest & Disease

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Herbivorous mites A pest management plan for production nurseries 0.00 KB 20 downloads

The purpose of this pest management plan is to provide production nurseries with...
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Mealybugs A pest of a different scale 0.00 KB 23 downloads

Mealybugs are a specific type of scale insect from the family Pseudococcidae. They...
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Citrus longicorn beetle 0.00 KB 12 downloads

This contingency plan provides background information on the pest biology and available...
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Kangaroo paw (Anigozanthos spp.): Ink disease 0.00 KB 57 downloads

The plant genus Anigozanthos consists of 11 different species which are endemic to...
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Designing an Efficient Pumping System 0.00 KB 2 downloads

When considering options for improving pump efficiency, the option of designing a...
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Cylindrocladium diseases of nursery plants 0.00 KB 6 downloads

Various species of the fungus Cylindrocladium cause a wide range of destructive diseases...
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Cycad Blue Butterfly A pretty name for an ugly problem 0.00 KB 11 downloads

Cycad blue butterfly, Theclinesthes onycha, is actually represented by two sub-species...
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A Changing & Variable Climate 0.00 KB 2 downloads

The Australian nursery and garden industry has a lead role to play in managing...
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The Australian Nursery & Garden Industry’s Policy Position on Climate Change and Variability Reducing the Pest Risk 0.00 KB 10 downloads

The industry is a significant user of post entry quarantine (PEQ) and ‘approved...
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Biosecurity – what is it and what does it mean to the nursery and garden industry? 0.00 KB 14 downloads

The Nursery and Garden Industry grows and supplies a vast range of plants to many different...

Production & Management

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Energy Savers Program An overview of energy use and cost savings in nurseries 1.55 MB 8 downloads

This article discusses the results of energy audits conducted by NGIQ for the QFF...
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Energy Savers Webinar 0.00 KB 9 downloads

This webinar is part of the QFF Energy Savers Plus Program Extension (ESPPE) funded...
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Growing Bed Design and Installation 451.55 KB 16 downloads

Constructing production growing beds to the standard recognised and encouraged under...
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Disinfestation of Nursery Equipment and Surfaces 427.81 KB 21 downloads

Disinfestation of the various equipment and surfaces used in a production nursery...
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Understanding and Managing Power Factor 525.09 KB 9 downloads

Power factor is the way electricity providers measure how efficiently electricity...
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BMP Growing Benches 0.00 KB 39 downloads

Constructing growing benches to the standard recognised and encouraged under the...
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BMP Growing Beds 0.00 KB 30 downloads

Constructing growing beds to the standard recognised and encouraged under the nursery...
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Production Potting 0.00 KB 49 downloads

The potting operation is a major component of most production nursery operations....
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Work Flow Efficiency 0.00 KB 28 downloads

To achieve maximum efficiency within a potting operation, and to minimise production...
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Weed Management 0.00 KB 34 downloads

Weeds or pest plants can have serious economic, environmental, and social impacts....

Water & Irrigation

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Waterwork Irrigation Scheduling Webinar 0.00 KB 10 downloads

In this webinar you’ll learn about: plant water use, the link between nutrient...
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Introduction to Bottom Watering Irrigation Systems 729.99 KB 5 downloads

Bottom watering systems work on the principle that water will move upward through...
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iPLANT Plant Water Use Database 1.03 MB 38 downloads

This tool allows the user to develop a list of plants and their relative water use...
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Installing Irrigation Control Systems 488.03 KB 16 downloads

Once an appropriate irrigation controller has been selected, the controller and system...
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Managing Drought in Plant Nurseries Workshop 0.00 KB 13 downloads

The best time to prepare for a drought is before the event. In this workshop presentation...
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Water Management in Production Nurseries 1.54 MB 27 downloads

Water availability has not been a major concern to the nursery industry until recently....
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Selecting Filtration Systems 933.39 KB 9 downloads

Choosing appropriate filtration equipment for an irrigation system can be a complex...
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Irrigation Scheduling in Production Nurseries 626.02 KB 20 downloads

The management of irrigation in production nurseries has a direct impact on plant...
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Filtration System Design 625.15 KB 6 downloads

Filtration is a critical component of an efficient nursery irrigation system. The...
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Energy Efficiency in Nursery Pumping 0.00 KB 11 downloads

This webinar gives an insight into pump efficiency and setting up efficient pumping...

Growing Media

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Calibrating Meters 0.00 KB 72 downloads

pH and Electrical Conductivity meters are extremely useful pieces of equipment used...
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Coir Video 0.00 KB 68 downloads

Coir, coir fibre pith or coconut fibre is a one hundred percent natural, sustainable...
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Growing Media Air Filled Porosity Testing 0.00 KB 311 downloads

Plant roots require air as well as water to remain healthy. The amount of air held...
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Growing Media Water Holding Capacity Testing 0.00 KB 160 downloads

Knowing the amount of water held within a growing media, referred to as Water Holding...
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Growing Media pH and EC Testing 0.00 KB 192 downloads

Knowing the pH and Electrical Conductivity or EC of your growing media can help you...
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Growing Media Wettability Testing 0.00 KB 74 downloads

The ability of a growing media to take up water effectively once it has dried out...
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Growing Media Water Holding Capacity & Wettability Testing 0.00 KB 142 downloads

The Water Holding Capacity (WHC) of a growing media measures the amount of water...
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Water Retention Efficiency of Growing Media 0.00 KB 67 downloads

Water retention efficiency (WRE) is a measure of the ability of a growing media to...
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Growing Media Physical Properties: 0.00 KB 203 downloads

Air filled porosity (AFP), water holding capacity (WHC), bulk density, shrinkage,...
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Growing Media pH and EC Testing: Method (for soil-less growing media) 0.00 KB 90 downloads

The pH measures the hydrogen ions in the growing media, while EC (electrical conductivity)...

Case Studies

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Energy Savers Program An overview of energy use and cost savings in nurseries 1.55 MB 8 downloads

This article discusses the results of energy audits conducted by NGIQ for the QFF...
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Mackay Natural Environment Centre Best Management Practice Sprinkler Layouts 6 MB 8 downloads

The Mackay Natural Environment Centre (MNEC), located in North Mackay, is one of...
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Managing Water Storages Water Quality Case Study 0.00 KB 30 downloads

This video describes how using a biological water clarifier was used to improve water...
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Fitzroy Nurseries Best Management Practice Growing Area Construction 0.00 KB 12 downloads

Fitzroy Nurseries is a third generation nursery located at Pink Lilly on the Fitzroy...
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Ibrox Park Nursery Water savings from irrigation scheduling 0.00 KB 18 downloads

Ibrox Park Nursery is located at Burbank in the eastern suburbs of Brisbane, and...
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Water Use Efficiency 0.00 KB 12 downloads

Spring Creek Seedlings, a seedling production nursery supplying local vegetable growers,...
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Recycling Benefits 0.00 KB 8 downloads

Benaraby Junction Nursery, located near Gladstone, is a production nursery supplying...
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Portable Weight Based Scheduling Tool 0.00 KB 12 downloads

The Portable Weight Based Scheduling Tool (PWBST) has been developed under...
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Nursery Production 0.00 KB 21 downloads

Tropical Exotics nursery is located at Ningi north of Brisbane and is owned by...
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Model for Best Practice 0.00 KB 22 downloads

Wallum Nursery is a wholesale Australian native plant nursery, specialising...

Fact Sheets

    Videos Podcasts & Webinars

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    IDEMP

    Improving water use efficiency in a production nursery begins with having a clear understanding of the infrastructure and practices currently in place. Irrigation, Drainage and Energy Management Plans, or IDEMP's, describe the infrastructure and management practices in operation at a business, and outlines opportunities, suggestions and designs for on-farm improvements, to ensure the business remains profitable and sustainable into the future.

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    Production Potting

    The potting operation is a major component of most production nursery operations. Increasing the overall efficiency of the potting process, can free up resources for use in other parts of the business, and improve plant quality. The following video describes the different potting methods used in the nursery industry.

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    Work Flow Efficiency

    To achieve maximum efficiency within a potting operation, and to minimise production bottlenecks, the ‘work-flow’ process from potting to plant placement must be efficient. The following video highlights the areas that could be considered when making improvements to the overall productivity of the plant setting out operation.

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    Weed Management

    Weeds or pest plants can have serious economic, environmental, and social impacts. Weeds reduce crop growth, compete for nutrients water and light, harbour insect pests and pathogens, damage the aesthetics of the plant, reduce the ability to apply crop amendments, and can be one of the most significant input costs to production.

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    Growing Media Air Filled Porosity Testing

    Plant roots require air as well as water to remain healthy. The amount of air held within a growing media is referred to as Air filled porosity or AFP . Testing procedures for AFP aren't difficult and can be done at minimal cost with simple equipment built from readily available materials and a little bit of time. This video shows a process for carrying out a practical on-site air filled porosity test on growing media.

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    Growing Media Water Holding Capacity Testing

    Knowing the amount of water held within a growing media, referred to as Water Holding Capacity (WHC) of your growing media can help you manage irrigation scheduling more effectively and ensure plants have adequate moisture. 

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    Growing Media pH and EC Testing

    Knowing the pH and Electrical Conductivity or EC of your growing media can help you to grow better and more consistent crops. Testing procedures aren't difficult and can be done at minimal cost. This video shows a process for carrying out a practical on-site pH and electrical conductivity

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    Growing Media Wettability Testing

    The ability of a growing media to take up water effectively once it has dried out is critical to the growth of plants and the ability of the media to become wet again. This is known as wettability. Testing for wettability isn't difficult and can be done at minimal cost with some basic equipment

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    Best Management Practice Irrigation Layouts

    An efficient irrigation system is designed to deliver the appropriate volume of water evenly, to meet all plant needs and in the time available.The irrigation system should apply water evenly across the cropping area, apply the correct volume of water often enough to meet plant demands and apply

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    Conducting a Catch Can Assessment

    An efficient irrigation system operating to industry best practice provides an opportunity to obtain real operational and economic benefits.