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Efficacy of boron and salicylic acid on quality production of sim carnation (Dianthus caryophyllus)

Usman Shoukat Qureshi, Sania Izhar, Saman Chughtai, Ali Raza Mir, Atif Riaz Qureshi

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Int. J. Biosci.7(1), 14-21, July 2015

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.12692/ijb/7.1.14-21

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Flower production is an increasing activity of world’s agriculture. Carnation is one of the most important cut flower of the world which ranks only next to rose. It has been extensively cultivated to be used as cut flower because of its excellent keeping quality. The present study is therefore designed with the aim of improving the quality of Sim carnation by applying Boron (0, 5ppm, 10ppm, 15ppm, 20ppm) and Salicylic acid (0,1mM, 2mM, 3mM and 4mM). Different growth and flowering traits which include plant height, number of leaf pairs, intermodal distance, leaf area, leaf chlorophyll content, days to flower emergence, number of flowers/plant, diameter of flower, stalk length and girth, duration of flowering and dry matter content of plants was studied in the experiment. The results reveal that foliar application of boron and salicylic acid has pronounced effect on growth and quality parameters of carnation. Among all the treatment SA @ 3mM exhibited best results and among doses of boron @ 15ppm showed good results.

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