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Issue 6 (2) 2007 pp. 3–13

Mariusz Wachowicz, Julita Rabiza-Świder, Ewa Skutnik, Aleksandra Łukaszewska

The short-term cold storage effect on vase life of cut Hosta leaves

Abstract: The longevity of cut leaves in flower arrangements is an important commercial consideration in horticultural practices. Here we report on the effect of short-term cold storage, in combination with a cytokinin treatment, on the post harvest longevity of cut leaves of Hosta ‘Minima Glauca’ and Hosta ‘Golden Tiara’. Cut leaves were stored dry or wet in polyethylene bags for 2 or 4 days in darkness or in light at 6°C and then transferred to 20°C where their vase life was compared with those of freshly cut leaves. Storage length and method affected the vase life of detached leaves of both Hosta cultivars; however, reduced longevity of leaves in storage could not be attributed to a single parameter of the storage conditions. Pulse conditioning with a cytokinin benzyladenine was effective in prolonging vase life both in non stored and stored leaves, in the latter increasing it 2.5-fold as compared to untreated leaves. Practical implications are that cold storage can be successfully used for cut Hosta leaves but only in combination with a BA pre-treatment.
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Keywords: florists’ green, benzyladenine, low temperature, light, darkness, dry/wet storage

For citation:

MLA Wachowicz, Mariusz, et al. "The short-term cold storage effect on vase life of cut Hosta leaves." Acta Sci.Pol. Hortorum Cultus 6.2 (2007): 6.
APA Wachowicz, M., Rabiza-Świder, J., Skutnik, E., & Łukaszewska, A. (2007). The short-term cold storage effect on vase life of cut Hosta leaves. Acta Sci.Pol. Hortorum Cultus 6 (2), 6.
ISO 690 WACHOWICZ, Mariusz, et al. The short-term cold storage effect on vase life of cut Hosta leaves. Acta Sci.Pol. Hortorum Cultus, 2007, 6.2: 6.
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