Journal of Applied and Natural Science 6 (2): 619-624 (2014)
Study on waxing of cut foliage post harvest life of few ornamental species.
Vivek Powar1*, Bhavya Bhargava2 and Ghumare Vikas3
1ASPEE Cllege of Horticulture and Forestry, Navsari Agricultural University, Navsari- 396450 (Gujarat), INDIA
2Department of Floriculture and Landscape Architecture, Veer Chandra Singh Garhwali College of Horticulture,
Uttarakhand University of Horticulture and Forestry, Bharsar, Pauri Garhwal-246123 (Uttarakhand), INDIA
3Agricultural and Food Engineering Department, Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur-721302 (West Bengal),
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Abstract : Enhancing the vase life of cut foliages is one of the
prime goals of floriculturist and it is very interesting and important aspect of
floriculture.The efforts were made to find out best waxing treatment for
enhancing the vase life along with excellent quality maintenance for few cut
foliage species .The objective was to evaluate optimum percent wax solution for
improving post harvest life and quality of ornamental plants. Different wax
emulsion treatments (0.25, 0.50, 0.75 and 1.00 %) showed significant results in
both quantitative and qualitative attributes of ornamental species. In
Asparagus densiflorus ‘Sprengeri’ and Eucalyptus teritecornis,0.75%
wax emulsion concentration recorded minimum foliage weight (5.62, 20.49 g) and
minimum water uptake (5.60, 32.73 ml) respectively on 3rd day, while maximum
foliage weight (0.90, 6.84 g) and maximum water uptake (1.13, 13.77 ml) was
recorded on senescence day. In Caryota urens (Fishtail palm) 0.50% wax
emulsion concentration recorded minimum foliage weight (9.71 g), minimum water
uptake (6.53 ml) on 3rdday, while maximum foliage weight(1.83 g) and maximum
water uptake (1.20 ml) on senescence day. In Heliconia psittachroum cv.
Golden Torch, 1.00 % wax emulsion concentration recorded minimum foliage weight
(28.85 g), minimum water uptake (20.35 ml) on 3rdday, whereas maximum foliage
weight (15.83 g)and maximum water uptake (5.75 ml) on senescence day. There was
improvement and increament in post harvest quality and vase life of studied
ornamental cut foliages.
Keywords : Cut foliage, Emulsion, Post harvest, Vase life, Wax.