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Proceedings of the International Plant Propagator's Society

Vol. 50

Tasmanian Plants for Cut Flower, Foliage, and Food Plants

Kris Schaffer

pp: 94-95

This is a very broad topic to cover in 20 minutes! I am, therefore, going to confine myself to the actual products that are at present being cultivated or bush harvested in Tasmania. The propagation of most species has been on a small scale with some species, such as Pimelea nivea (bushmans bootlace), for the cut flower export market proving to be difficult. The quality of the stock plant material is critical with plants of not more than 5 years old providing the greatest strike rate. The plants grown under optimum conditions present us with material that has a much greater chance of success.

Telopea truncata (Tasmanian waratah) has been harvested under license but some small plantations are under cultivation on the west coast of Tasmania, at a place called Waratah. Some years ago a lot of research was conducted into this magnificent flower. The colour forms from locations around the state have been collected. These are being grown along with mainland species that may be more

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