AU: Searing temperatures part of flower farming life in north-west Victoria

Growing flowers in one of the hottest parts of Victoria might seem like a doomed enterprise.

But Sunraysia temperatures are not sizzling enough to stop producers Joe and Jacquie Wright from living out their colourful, summer dream.

"We grow lisianthus predominately," Mr Wright said. "Lisianthus can actually handle the heat that we experience here. We grow them in a hothouse [and] on a 45 degree day, we've had them at 60 degrees in here. They do look a bit sad of a daytime, but of a night time they spruce back up and with a little bit of water and they're back to life."

The 'lizzy' is said to have originated from the Americas with 18th century botanists describing a multitude of species blooming in the Caribbean, Brazil, and Mexico.

"These are a California wildflower, that were nicknamed the poor man's rose. The original colour was purple or blue, but nowadays you can basically get the colours of the rainbow", Mr Wright added.

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