Effect of Ph Of Holding Solution on the Vaselife and Cutflower Quality of Peruvian Lily (Alstomeri Sp. L)

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M. B. Lardizabal A. G. Ladilad


This study was conducted to determine the effects of pH of  holding solution on the vaselife and cutflower quality of Peruvian Lily; and to determine the best pH of holding solution that will prolong the vaselife and preserve the quality of cutflowers.

 Alstromeria cutflowers harvested at 50% anthesis were held in different pH of 3.0, 3.5, 4.0, 5.0 and 6.5 of the holding solution containing tap water + 20% sucrose + 1 ml chlorox + citric acid.

 Results showed that using a holding solution with a pH of 4.0 containing 20% sucrose + 1 ml chlorox + citric acid promoted the longest duration of flower opening resulting to longer vaselife of cutflower.

Likewise, holding solutions with a pH of 3.0 and 4.0 promoted better petal quality rating of Alstromeria cutflowers while holding solutions with pH OF 4.0 and 5.0 also prolonged stem freshness thus, with a higher stem quality rating.

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