Effect of antitranspirant on the keeping quality of cut carnation flowers (Dianthus caryophyllus)

Hassan, M.R.; Khattab, M.

Alexandria Journal of Agricultural Research 32(3): 255-263


ISSN/ISBN: 0044-7250
Accession: 001807085

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The experiment was carried out in 1980 under room conditions. Flowers of the cultivar William Sim were cut at the flower bud and at the fully opened stages, and the effects of different concentrations (0, 1.0, 2.5 or 4.0%) of an antitranspirant (Vapor Gard) on bud opening and on the keeping quality of the flowers were studied. Increasing the antitranspirant concentration from 0 to 4% significantly increased the vase life and the time taken to full opening of the flowers. The total sugars in the leaves at the end of the experiment were also increased as a result of antitranspirant application. Cutting at the flower bud stage gave a longer vase life and better flower quality.