Effects of sucrose and silver thiosulphate pulsing on stem-base cracking and vase-life in Leucojum aestivum flowers


Zencirkiran M.

JOURNAL OF HORTICULTURAL SCIENCE & BIOTECHNOLOGY, vol.80, no.3, pp.332-334, 2005 (Journal Indexed in SCI) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 80 Issue: 3
  • Publication Date: 2005
  • Doi Number: 10.1080/14620316.2005.11511939
  • Title of Journal : JOURNAL OF HORTICULTURAL SCIENCE & BIOTECHNOLOGY
  • Page Numbers: pp.332-334

Abstract

Cut Leucojum aestivum L. (cv. 'Summer Snowflake') flowers were treated with distilled water (control), sucrose (5-10%), silver thiosulphate (STS; 1-2 mM), or combinations of sucrose plus STS. Pulse treatments were applied for 2 h in a controlled-environment room maintained at 20-21C. A vase-life of 4.8 d was obtained for flowers treated with distilled water (control). The longest vase-life of 7.8 d was obtained for flowers treated with 1 mM STS + 10% sucrose. This treatment also significantly reduced stem cracking. Accordingly, it may serve as a practical treatment for preserving cut Leucojum flowers.