BUD OPENING AND LONG TERM STORAGE OF SPRAY CARNATIONS
The effects of the dry storage method at 0–1°C in tightly sealed polyethylene bags were examined on Red Ivette and Sancho cvs. Carnations were treated with Rovral 0.1% and conditioned overnight in a solution containing 550 mg/l STS and 100 g/l sucrose. Results obtained show large differences between cultivars and between stage of bud development in the keeping quality of flowers after storage. Carnations 'Red Ivette' and 'Sancho' stored dry at the tight bud stage (the first bud mature, petals not visible) and opened after storage, maintained very good quality and longevity, after storage for a period of 3 and 1 month respectively.