POSTHARVEST PERFORMANCE OF CUT RACEMES OF LUPINUS HAVARDII WATS.: EFFECT OF SUCROSE AND GIBBERELLIC ACID
Over the years, as a result of our recurrent phenotypic selection breeding efforts, we now have several lines of improved germplasm of L. havardii with blue, white and pink flowers which show considerably reduced or no flower shattering. These genotypes have great potential as a specialty cut flower crop. In this study, we have evaluated the effect of gibberellic acid (GA), alone and in combination with sucrose (30 mM) on postharvest performance and display life of cut racemes of two white flowered lines (White Select, Texas Ice), two blue flowered (Blue Select, Texas Sapphire) and four pink colored (Pink Bulk, Pink Light, Pink Dark, and Pink Coral) genotypes of L. havardii. Incorporation of GA and sucrose in the vase solution delayed the senescence of flowers and promoted growth of the raceme axis and opening of additional flowers. In Texas Sapphire the abscission of flowers was also considerably reduced. Together, GA and sucrose acted synergistically in increasing the length of the raceme and eventually improved the overall quality, displaying vase life and longevity of cut racemes.
Sankhla, N., Mackay, W.A. and Davis, T.D. (2008). POSTHARVEST PERFORMANCE OF CUT RACEMES OF LUPINUS HAVARDII WATS.: EFFECT OF SUCROSE AND GIBBERELLIC ACID. Acta Hortic. 774, 323-327
lupin, genotype, flower color, gibberellic acid, sucrose, raceme length