Postproduction Factors Influencing Quality and Longevity of Cyclamen, Gerbera, Hiemalis Begonia, Hydrangea, and Lisianthus
Postproduction Factors Influencing Quality and Longevity
Proper postproduction handling practices, including transport and the conditions at the retail and consumer phases, play a major role in the quality and performance of potted flowering plants for consumers. To meet the current market demands, many potted plants are transported long distances for long periods of time. The research has identified optimum transport conditions for several species of potted flowering plants. Studies were also conducted to determine optimal light and temperature conditions in the consumer environment to maximize postproduction quality and longevity. The crops tested include cyclamen, gerbera daisy, Hiemalis begonia, hydrangea, and lisianthus.
Source: • American Floral Endowment Special Research Reports #407