Int. J. Biosci.13(3), 10-18, September 2018
Gerberais one of the most elegant cut flowers and hold 4th position in terms of popularity in floriculture industry. As gerbera is such an economically important cut flower, this study was conducted to evaluate the efficiency of gerbera cut flower varieties under poly tunnel condition in Pothowar (arid)region. This experiment was designed as Complete Randomized Design with three replications. Four Gerbera Cut Flower Varieties (Kilimanjaro, Rosalin, Scapino and Bieber) were subjected under poly tunnel conditions (control). The results of statistical analysis revealed that the Kilimanjaro variety showed significantly different response in all parameters. Maximum plant height (25.806 cm), number of leaves plant-1 (28.111), leaf area (277.33 cm2), flower bud diameter (1.5361 cm), number of flowers plant-1 (21.899), flower stalk length (26.417 cm), flower stalk diameter (0.4778 cm), fresh weight of flower (11.458 gm), dry weight of flower (6.0694 gm), spreading of plant (60.028 cm), vase life (9.6667) while minimum days taken to initiate flowering (15.111), days to 50% flower opening (3.2778) and days to 100% flower opening (6.3889) were observed in Kilimanjaro variety under poly tunnel conditions. Among different varieties of gerbera cut flower Rosalin showed maximum flower diameter (9.7361 cm) while Scapino showed maximum production of suckers (2.8056) and minimum percent weight loss of flower (45.966 %). The interaction (poly tunnel conditions and varieties) was non-significant in majority of parameters. Therefore, under poly tunnel conditions Kilimanjaro variety should be recommended for higher yield, quality and shelf life of cut flower.
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