Influence of simulated shipping and rooting temperature and production year on easter lily (Lilium longiflorum thunb.) development

John E. Erwin, Gerard Engelen-Eigles

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Abstract

Interaction between simulated shipping and rooting temperature and harvest year was studied on Lilium longiflorum. Bulb dormancy and maturity appear to be separate phenomenon and are affected by temperature differently. Shoot emergence (an indicator of release from dormancy) was hastened by 10 °C shipping and 10 to 20 °C rooting temperatures in both years. Flower induction was affected differently by simulated shipping and rooting temperatures during 1992 and 1993, indicating that bulb maturity differed between the 2 years. Final leaf and flower number decreased because of shipping or rooting temperature, but only when bulbs were mature and received cool temperatures (<16 °C) before a 6-week vernalization treatment. Immature bulbs (at harvest) are unresponsive to vernalizing shipping and rooting temperatures. Prevernalization handling temperature and vernalization treatment length should vary with year based on degree of bulb maturity to achieve consistency in final morphology. Internode length is associated more with the time elongation is suppressed after dormancy is broken than with flower induction (where internode length increases as the length of time elongation is suppressed after breaking of dormancy increases).

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)230-233
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of the American Society for Horticultural Science
Volume123
Issue number2
StatePublished - Jan 1 1998

Keywords

  • Flower induction
  • Flowering
  • Leaf number
  • Light quality
  • Phytochrome
  • Plant height
  • Stem elongation
  • Vernalization

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