Friday, September 21st, 2012
Aussie Colours will be selling endangered Australian native Phaius orchids at the Queensland Orchid Society show this weekend (Brisbane Botanic Gardens Mt Coot-tha, 21 - 23 September).

The aptly named ‘Giant Aussie’ orchids are impressive plants capable of producing several flower spikes up to two metres tall, with more than 16 large blooms each about 10 cm in diameter flowering from August to November.

P. australis, also known as the Giant Swamp Orchid, has highly attractive red-brown flowers and is sought after by collectors.

Aussie Colours Managing Director, Cameron Turner, said Giant Aussies could be purchased from the auditorium at the Show for as little as $10.00 for a 10 mm pot and $30.00 for larger ones. Cash and credit card facilities will be available.

“These rare orchids are sold in some nurseries specialising in Australian natives, but as demand is greater than the supply of varieties propagated by enthusiasts, we are making our plants available at the Show,” Mr Turner said.

“The Giant Swamp Orchid is one of Australia’s largest terrestrial orchids. They are now an endangered species due to over-collecting from the wild and significant habit destruction from over-development, but keen gardeners could help us rescue the species by adding them to their gardens.

“Giant Aussies just need a moist, semi-shaded spot outdoors or a brightly lit room indoors. They’re very easy to grow so long as you keep them watered. Just plant them in a deep self-watering container and keep them topped up with water. They’ll treat to you a display of blooms from late winter to spring. After flowering, re-pot in a quality grade composted bark-based potting mix and apply a standard slow release fertiliser.”

Giant Aussie orchids will be on display and for sale at the Brisbane Botanic Gardens (Mt coot-tha) from 8.30 am to 3.30 pm this Friday through to Sunday.

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Aussie Colours Pty Ltd

Aussie Colours is a plant breeding and marketing company maximising the commercial potential of Australia’s native flora. The enterprise was established by UniQuest Pty Limited, the main commercialisation company of The University of Queensland and has maintained links with the Centre for Native Floriculture, an entity within the University. The Centre has an extensive flowering plant selection and breeding program which has been operating since 2003. Investment from the Brisbane Angels and TeQstart has enabled Aussie Colours to flourish as an Australian university start-up and promote unique Australian native plants to gardeners, landscapers and florists all round the world. Aussie Colours also assists other native plant breeders with commercialisation of their varieties, including assessments of commercial potential and development of commercialisation strategies.
Cameron Turner phone: mobile:
P: +61 7 3365 4037
M: +61 437 448 773


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