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Flower farming heats up for hardy variety

Eliza Rogers, Wednesday November 20, 2013 - 15:11 EDT
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The pretty Helix Red Lizzie Anthers variety surprised flower farmer Jody Schneider when it turned out hot pink. - ABC

Roadside flower stalls and fresh local supplies around Bundaberg are withering away as the hotter weather approaches, but one flower farmer is busier than ever.

As local florists get ready to fill demand with supplies from Brisbane, Jody Schneider from Burnett Heads is madly harvesting her hardy, warm-weather variety - Lisianthus.

The mother of three has quadrupled her production in what is just her second year of business.

"I grow about 4000 plants this year so I'm a small grower," she said.

"We are trying to do everything ourselves so we've built our own hothouses. Both my husband and I work full time ... at the moment, we're just running it like a hobby."


- ABC

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