THE OPTIMUM CUT STAGES FOR PROLONGING DISPLAY LIFE OF CUT DENDROBIUM ORCHIDS
The appropriate maturity stage during the harvesting period is an important factor in extending the display life of any produce. Studies regarding the correct stage of maturity at the harvesting stage in Dendrobium orchid have been conducted. This study investigated the optimum cut stage for harvesting Dendrobium Burana Jade and Dendrobium Sonia Earsakul. Vase life of inflorescences at 30, 45 (commercial maturity stage) and 60% of flower opening, were evaluated. Vase life of cut inflorescences of both Dendrobium hybrids harvested at different maturity stages did not show statistically differences. However, inflorescences harvested at 30% open flowers had the longest display life when compared to other treatments. These findings confirmed previous studies that Dendrobium hybrids with fewer numbers of opened flowers at harvest had a longer vase life compared to those harvested with more opened flowers per spray.
Obsuwan, K., Chanjirakul , K., Yoodee, S., Seraypheap, K. and Bune Seraypheap, Y. (2015). THE OPTIMUM CUT STAGES FOR PROLONGING DISPLAY LIFE OF CUT DENDROBIUM ORCHIDS. Acta Hortic. 1078, 187-191
maturity stages, postharvest, fresh weight, open flowers