When a vegetable grower and a florist/daughter of a Dutch flower grower met, magic happened! In 2009, the Licciardi’s had to sell off many beloved items - including Michael’s motorbike and prized car - to afford the deposit on their alstro farm. Covering 8 acres, Wandin Valley Flowers has progressively grown from housing 18 to 29 igloos, built with misting and hydronic heating to provide fresh flowers all year round.
Virginia White is the most popular of the alstro grown, with some of the plants up to 17 years old. All plants have four layers of flower mesh support to protect stems and need to reach 70cm to be picked for bunching, with the best flowers yielded from creating a ‘canopy’ which involves a technique of nipping buds to thicken foliage at base of stem..