Original Research Article
Year: 2018 | Month: June | Volume: 5 | Issue: 6 | Pages: 151-156
Extending the Storage-Life and Shelf-Life of a Rose Flowers Cv. ‘Dutch’ Post-Harvest Using Chemical Compounds and Cold Storage (Ecofrost)
Dr. Parag Babaji Jadhav1, Nikhil Pradip Gurav2
1Agril Research Expert, 2Agri. Research Associate, Ecofrost Technologies Pvt. Ltd., Survey No 134/1, 134/2,130/3, Jeevan Nagar, Tathawade, Pune, Maharashtra- 411 033.
Corresponding Author: Dr. Parag Babaji Jadhav
Uniform and healthy Rose cut-flowers of cv. ‘Dutch’ were used for this study in August, 2016. The flowers were harvested at 7.00 AM at the bud opened stage, transported for 1.30 hours by an air-conditioned car to the Agricultural Research Laboratory of Ecofrost Technologies Pvt. Ltd., Pune and immediately prepared for post-harvest treatment and storage. The four holding solution treatments viz., control (tap water) + normal room conditions (T1), control (tap water) + stored inside cold storage of Ecofrost (4°C and 93% RH) (T2), Sucrose (7%) + stored inside cold storage of Ecofrost (4°C and 93% RH) (T3), Sucrose (7%) + Citric acid (0.5%) + Aluminium Sulphate (0.5%) + stored inside cold storage of Ecofrost (4°C and 93% RH) (T4) were replicated four times. The results showed that keeping flowers at cold storage (Ecofrost) in a holding solution of 7% Sucrose + 0.5% Citric acid + 0.5% Aluminium Sulphate recorded the highest level of bud tightness, storage-life (days) and minimum petal-curling, head-bending, petal-drop.
Key words: Rose, Dutch, Storage, Ecofrost, Shelf-life.[PDF Full Text]