A farming family in the Kimberley’s Ord Irrigation Scheme is expanding their frangipani business to meet increasing demand for the tropical flower.
Craig Palmer started growing frangipanis commercially in 2005 and now has about 75 varieties, including a handful of flowers he has developed himself.
“We were looking for something to grow on our horticultural block that would complement our existing cropping and also enable us to diversify,” he said.
“They love the climate, they have very few pests and diseases, they’re very happy to grow here in the Ord.”
Mr Palmer sometimes sells just the flowers, but the main business is selling potted cultivars.
He is now selling throughout Australia this year thanks to some quarantine changes and red tape reduction.
“Being able to certify our plants ourselves is a real cost-saver to us and our customers, so we don’t have any extra cost now to sell plants to Queensland, New South Wales or Victoria. We can just send them out,” Mr Palmer said.
The business has also started its own Facebook page, which Mr Palmer said had opened the business to a whole new world of “frangipani fanciers”.
He is currently making room on the farm to expand his plantings.
He is particularly proud of the growing demand for frangipani varieties he has developed personally.