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Preliminary investigation on the potential of Clivia miniata Regel as a cut flower

Published in: South African Journal of Plant and Soil
Volume 17, issue 1, 2000 , pages: 49–50
DOI: 10.1080/02571862.2000.10634864
Author(s): P.J. RobbertseDepartment of Plant Production and Soil Science, Republic of South Africa, C.B. HoniballDepartment of Plant Production and Soil Science, Republic of South Africa

Abstract

Clivia miniata Regel is widely cultivated as a garden ornamental and a pot plant. It occurs in many attractive shades of orange, red, yellow and pink but little information exists regarding its use as a cut flower. The possibility of picking cut flowers when all the flowers on the inflorescence are still closed and forcing flowers to open in distilled water and in Chrysal AKC™ was examined. A forcing temperature of 21 ± 2°C and an irradiance of 22 ± 3 μmol photons m2s−1 was used. After 190 hours, in both distilled water and Chrysal AKC™, more than 90% of flowers had opened and developed normal coloration. However, after 96 hours, 90% of inflorescences held in distilled water and 10% of those in Chrysal had developed peduncle splitting. The mechanism involved in the prevention of splitting is unknown but it is suspected that sucrose may have caused this.

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