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Vase-life and bud forcing of carnations

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McKay, M.E. (1974) Vase-life and bud forcing of carnations. Queensland Journal of Agricultural and Animal Sciences, 31 (4). pp. 301-307.



An investigation was made into the effectiveness of four treatments for increasing vase-life and forcing buds of carnations (Dianthus caryophyllus L.). The treatments were Aadural-AK, 8 hydroxyquinoline citrate plus sucrose, lemonade, and water (the control). These treatments were applied to carnation buds at three stages of development: tight, square, and open. Mean weight change was shown to be a useful indicator of vase-life. Three treatments successfully increased the vase-life of open flowers. The best treatment was 8 hydroxy�quinoline citrate plus sucrose which increased the vase-life of open carnation flowers
by 150% when compared with the control (water). Although the three chemical treatments successfully forced square buds, 8 hydroxyquinoline citrate plus sucrose failed to force tight buds. Aadural-AK and lemonade were both effective in forcing tight buds but, as lemonade caused a severe stem discoloration, Aadural-AK is considered to be the best treatment for bud forcing.

Item Type:Article
Corporate Creators:Department of Agriculture and Fisheries, Queensland
Subjects:Plant culture > Flowers and flower culture. Ornamental plants
Live Archive:06 Mar 2024 05:53
Last Modified:06 Mar 2024 05:54

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