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ISHS Acta Horticulturae 113: II International Symposium on Post-harvest Physiology of Cut Flowers

WATER UPTAKE AS A CRITERION FOR THE VASE-LIFE OF CUT FLOWERS

Authors:   C.A. Buys, H.G. Cours
Abstract:
The new method of evaluation of the vase-life of cut flowers is, contrary to the normaly used subjective appreciation of quality factors, based on objective water absorption measurements, and statistical results are easily worked out by a computer.

From the mathematical relationship between the cumulative water absorption of each individual flower and the time after the start of the experiment results in a specific new parameter for each flower which, for a given batch of flowers seems only dependent on the treatment given to each flower.

Statistical analysis of this parameter by a microcomputer is possible after each measurement taken at random and enables a prediction of the future evolution of the flower even before degradations are visible.

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