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Grower Information - Cut-flowers



New Curcuma Cut Flowers Varieties

Curcuma Fact Sheet


Growing Information

Darzing (beehive ginger)


Heliconia psittacorum

Cracker Jack






Pink Blush

Red Devil

Rose Red

Rosie Q






Past Research

The Darwin Collection of Alpinia Gingers

The Darwin Collection consists of:

Darwin Collection

In 1987, the Horticulture Division commenced a program of importation and evaluation of a large selection of tropical cut-flowers.

The now popular Alpinia purpurata series, known as "The Darwin Collection", were bred from these earlier introductions.

The NT floral emblem for the Centenary of Federation, the "Federation Lady" was sourced from the earlier Alpinia crossings and is now in high demand throughout Australia.

Improving Cut-flower Etlingera

Etlingera Flower Etlingera Flower

The genus Etlingera, belongs to the large Zingiberaceace family that comprises of a number of cut-flower gingers. Commonly known as the 'torch ginger' flower it contains a large number of varieties of different colours, forms and sizes.

As a cut-flower it lacks a good vase-life. Most of the torch ginger varieties only last for about 6 to 7 days.

Intensive hybridising of Etlingera varieties was undertaken to improve vase-life. Parents with good vase-life were crossed with parents selected for specific traits such as colour. form and yield.

Hybrid seedlings successfully generated are currently being assessed and screened for their vase-life performance.

Advanced selections will then be evaluated by the Cut-flower Growers Group for suitability as commercial varieties.


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