AU: Tropical flower supply tightens as rain dampens the north's dry season

An unusually rainy dry season put Queensland growers two months behind schedule.

Heidi and Robert Piccolo grow a range of bright blooms, with names such as sassy, beehive, and shampoo gingers, south of Innisfail in the state's far north.

They normally spend the dry season pruning, fertilizing, and preparing their crops. But standing ankle-deep in the water that's running through his paddocks, Mr. Piccolo said this year's weather had brought things to a halt.

"It's going to take a good couple of weeks to dry out," he said. He said not being able to fertilize often would reduce their flower yield."The last few weeks, we've dropped in production by 40 percent," he said.
"You might get 10 to 12 flowers out of the whole row."


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