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Breeding Ananas for the cut-flower and garden markets

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Sanewski, G.M. (2009) Breeding Ananas for the cut-flower and garden markets. In: Proceedings of the ISHS Acta Horticulturae. Proceedings of the Sixth International Pineapple Symposium. Joao Pessoa, Brazil, 18-23 November 2007. International Society for Horticultural Science (ISHS). 822.

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Only small quantities of Ananas have been marketed as cut flowers or as potted plants for garden use in Australia. Worldwide there have, until very recent times, been no breeding programs to develop ornamental characteristics and hence the choice of cultivars has been limited mainly to semi-domesticated selections or those developed by amateur enthusiasts. Interest in developing Ananas selections specifically for the ornamental market is now increasing. A small program has operated in Australia since 1995. In this program, a total of 4,700 seedlings were generated over three generations using various parental combinations of Ananas comosus var. comosus, A. comosus var. bracteatus, A. comosus var. ananassoides 'FRF223', A. comosus var. erectifolious 'Selvagem 6' and Ananas macrodontes 'I.26-803'. Several selections have been developed for the garden and or cut-flower market. Characteristics represented include a pink or red syncarp, dark red-brown foliage and a dwarf, clumping growth habit. While a surprising display of ornamental diversity exists within Ananas, the genus is limited in comparison to the other bromeliad genera. Opportunity might exist however to introgress characteristics such as additional foliage colours, plant morphology and syncarp colours from other genera into Ananas.

Item Type:Book Section
Corporate Creators:QPIF, DEEDI
Additional Information:© International Society for Horticultural Science (ISHS).
Keywords:Cultivars; cut flowers; habit; pineapples; plant morphology; ornamental pineapple; Ananas; Bracteatus; ananassoides; erectifolious; macrodontes.
Subjects:Plant culture > Flowers and flower culture. Ornamental plants
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Last Modified:03 Sep 2021 16:48

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