Physical stem-end treatment effects on cut rose and acacia vase life and water relations

Ahmad, I, Joyce, DC and Faragher, JD (2011) Physical stem-end treatment effects on cut rose and acacia vase life and water relations. Postharvest Biology and Technology, 59 3: 258-264. doi:10.1016/j.postharvbio.2010.11.001


Author Ahmad, I
Joyce, DC
Faragher, JD
Title Physical stem-end treatment effects on cut rose and acacia vase life and water relations
Journal name Postharvest Biology and Technology   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0925-5214
1873-2356
Publication date 2011-03
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1016/j.postharvbio.2010.11.001
Volume 59
Issue 3
Start page 258
End page 264
Total pages 7
Place of publication Amsterdam , The Netherlands
Publisher Elsevier
Collection year 2012
Language eng
Formatted abstract
Cut Rosa hybrida cv. High & Mighty flowers and Acacia holosericea (Velvet Leaf Wattle) foliage were subjected to various physical stem-end treatments as practised by florists. Their effects on longevity (vase life) and water relations [relative fresh weight (RFW) and vase solution uptake (VSU)] were quantified. All vase water contained sodium dichloroisocyanurate (DICA) biocide. Bark removal had either positive
or neutral effects on the vase life of fresh-cut rose and had either neutral or negative effects on fresh-cut acacia. Stem-end splitting had either no or negative effects on the vase life of fresh-cut rose and acacia. However, both bark removal and stem-end splitting increased the vase life of both species when applied after short term storage for 24 h at 4 ◦C. Crushing stems had no effect on the vase life of fresh-cut rose, but
tends to increase the vase life of fresh-cut acacia. Hot water scalding either increased or had no effect on the vase lives of rose and acacia. The tendency for bark removal to increase vase life of fresh-cut rose was associated with better maintenance of RFW and sustained VSU. However, for the most part, stem-end treatments had typically negative or neutral effects on RFW of fresh-cut rose and acacia. Likewise, the
treatments had mostly negative or neutral effects on VSU. Overall for both species, there is little or no benefit and potentially negative effects on vase life, RFW and VSU of applying stem-end treatments as sometimes advocated by florists.
Keyword Bark removal
Hot water scalding
Relative fresh weight
Rose
Stem-end splitting
Stem-end crushing
Vase solution uptake
Vase life
Water relations
Wattle
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Article (original research)
Collections: Official 2012 Collection
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