PERFORMANCE OF GERBERA CULTIVARS UNDER SHADEHOUSE
Ten gerbera (Gerbera hybrid Hort.) cultivars (Dalma, Rosalin, Sunway, Dana Ellen, Savannah, Pink Elegance, Goliath, Fusion, Entourage and Winter Queen) new to the Indian cut flower industry were cultivated under shade house and evaluated over a two-year period. Variations in the number of days until first harvest, flower yield and quality were particularly significant, with the variety Savannah out performing the rest. First harvest for Savannah was 70 days, while Dana Ellen and Rosalin needed 89 and 98 respectively. Savannah produced more average total yield of flowers per plant (17.7) and per m2 (101.7), with Fusion yielding the lowest (10.5 flowers per plant and 51.9 per m2). Flower quality parameters (diameter, stalk length and girth, and length of ray florets) were also consistently higher for Savannah, although Goliath produced significantly more ray florets than any of the other cultivars tested.
Mantur, S.M. and Patil, S.R. (2012). PERFORMANCE OF GERBERA CULTIVARS UNDER SHADEHOUSE. Acta Hortic. 927, 277-280
stalk length, stalk girth, ray florets, flower diameter, earliness