Each country has unique growing conditions and a unique native flora. The most common foods that we grow and eat in Australia originated overseas.
Tomatoes, corn and potatoes were discovered and domesticated by the indigenous peoples of South America. Later, Spanish colonisers took these plants to Europe for study, acclimatisation and breeding.
A huge number of ornamental plants that we know and love are native to the Middle East, Central Europe and Central Asia. Hundreds of years of breeding has enabled those plants to grow outside their native growing area, however in most cases those plants remain most suited to certain climatic conditions that are similar to their ancestral origins.
Australia has many good growing regions for temperate flowers, but is most suited for Australia’s amazing and highly prized native flora.
More than 50 per cent of all flowers sold in Australia are imported, purely to meet consumer demand for certain flower varieties, and so consumers can experience and celebrate moments of delight, brightness, comfort, and reflection.
Thanks to the globalised flower trade market, consumers in most markets can obtain most species of flower at any time of the year.
There are many established flower and bulb trade links across the globe that fill seasonal supply. For example, North America is heavily supplied by South America, Europe by Africa and Japan out of South East Asia.
For many hundreds of years, Holland has been the premier bulb supplier to the world for Tulips, and lately for Lilies, Hyacinth, Daffodils, Hippeastrums and other bulb lines. This long history of knowledge and expertise, combined with a favourable climate, has seen Holland retain it’s reputation as the world’s premier bulb hub. Australia does import bulbs from Holland, but also produces it’s own, largely in Victoria and Tasmania, and also imports bulbs from other southern hemisphere countries including New Zealand and Chile.