K.P. Leite, J.C.C. Albuquerque Filho, S.S.L. Silva, P.G.P. de Araujo, I.V.S. Ferreira, S.M.S.L. Bastos, V. Loges
Currently the diversity of species used as cutting foliage in floriculture is small compared to the number considered for ornamental foliage. This is due to the lack of information about quality, postharvest durability, consumer acceptance by the market and large-scale cultivation techniques. The aim of this work was to screen Alpinia species for their use as cut foliage. We evaluated 8 Alpinia genotypes (A. zerumbet, A. sanderae, A. purpurata ‘Pink Ginger’, ‘Kimi’, ‘King’, ‘Eileen Macdonald’, ‘Red Ginger’, ‘Queen’) for their postharvest durability, senescence symptoms, fresh weight and leaf blade morphology. The vase life of leaves varied from 6 to 49 days depending on the different types and position on the stem. The loss of visual quality and fresh weight was progressive over the vase life period and was affected by the senescence process. Larger and wider leaves were identified in the apical and middle positions of the stem. A. zerumbet genotypes were more adequate for use as cut foliage; as the leaves of A. purpurata and A. sanderae had a shorter vase life.
Leite, K.P., Albuquerque Filho, J.C.C., Silva, S.S.L., de Araujo, P.G.P., Ferreira, I.V.S., Bastos, S.M.S.L. and Loges, V. (2015). SELECTION OF ALPINIA AS CUT FOLIAGE. Acta Hortic. 1087, 261-265
DOI: 10.17660/ActaHortic.2015.1087.33
tropical flowers, Zingiberaceae, leaves, durability

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