LONG-TERM STORAGE OF GERBERA ROOTED IN VITRO
The presented experiments concern the influence of the storage period and light provided during storage on the survival of gerbera plants after planting in a horticultural substrate and their subsequent growth in a greenhouse. Gerbera shoots had been rooted in vitro in conical flasks according to be standard procedure and after 3 weeks transferred to a storage room/ 4°C/ and stored for 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6 months is either darkness or light. After storage plants were planted in a greenhouse and the survival, height, branching, and fresh and dry weight were determined after 6 weeks of growth.
Plants from all the treatments had a survival rate of 100 %. The growth of plants stored until 3 months in either darkness or light was similar but if plants had been stored longer than 3 months they grew better in a greenhouse when light had been provided during storage.