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Title: Post harvest management of Cymbidium
Authors: T, Usha Bharathi
D, arman
S K, Naik
L C, De
R P, Medhi
Keywords: Cymbidium
Post harvest
Issue Date: 2009
Citation: T. Usha Bharathi, D. Barman, S. K. Naik, L. C. De and R. P. Medhi. 2009. Post Harvest Management Of Cymbidium. National Conference on Floriculture for livelihood and profitability, IARI, New Delhi. March 16-19.
Abstract: Cymbidium is the top one among all orchids in the global trade. It fetches highest price in the international market. The post harvest management and handling of cymbidium is important as quality improvement in order to compete in world market. Cymbidium orchid’s spikes possess the vase life of 4 to 6 weeks. Cymbidiums are sold as whole cut spike or as individual blooms. Pre harvest factors are having direct influence on the post harvest life of cymbidiums. Cymbidium flowers should be protected from the all sorts of weather damage, pollinators and insect pests. The spikes are needed to be trained for the production of straight quality spikes. Cymbidium orchids should be harvested 3-4 days after opening of all florets on the spike. While harvesting utmost care should be taken to protect the pollen cap of the flower, it should be intact with the flower. The harvested spikes require precooling; it needs to be dipped in bucket of water immediately after harvest. In order to improve the quality and vase life of flowers spikes, the cut spikes should be subjected to pulsing with sucrose at the rate of 2-4%. Sucrose in keeping solutions as a carbon source may extend the vase-life of orchid cut flowers. And a combination of biocide, sugar and hormone remarkably enhances the post harvest life of the Cymbidium hybrids. The flower spikes of Cymbidiums are first sleeved in polyethylene sleeves of standard thickness. Flowers should be graded and checked before they sleeved. Cymbidium flower spikes are normally packed in carton or telescopic boxes. Mixed colour boxes are preferred over pure or mono colour boxes. Cymbidium spikes may be stored at lower temperatures, even at 5 0C in cold chambers.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/123456789/178
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