Preconditioning of Prematurely Cut Gladiolus Spikes
In California, gladiolus cut flowers are harvested when one to three of the lower buds on the spikes show petal color at the tips. If spikes are harvested "green," i.e., with no floret color showing, the buds may not open when they reach the consumer. This is particularly true of certain cultivars, such as 'Captain Busch.'
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