Group Title: AREC-A research report - Agricultural Research and Education Center - RH-84-18
Title: Storage of Dieffenbachia sprayed with BA
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Permanent Link: http://ufdc.ufl.edu/UF00066554/00001
 Material Information
Title: Storage of Dieffenbachia sprayed with BA
Series Title: AREC-A research report
Physical Description: 2 p. : ; 28 cm.
Language: English
Creator: Poole, R. T ( Richard Turk )
Conover, Charles Albert, 1934-
Agricultural Research and Education Center (Apopka, Fla.)
Publisher: University of Florida, IFAS, Agricultural Research and Education Center-Apopka
Place of Publication: Apopka FL
Publication Date: 1984
Subject: Dieffenbachia -- Transportation   ( lcsh )
Dieffenbachia -- Postharvest technology -- Florida   ( lcsh )
Dieffenbachia -- Postharvest losses -- Prevention -- Florida   ( lcsh )
Genre: government publication (state, provincial, terriorial, dependent)   ( marcgt )
non-fiction   ( marcgt )
Statement of Responsibility: R.T. Poole and C.A. Conover.
General Note: Caption title.
Funding: AREC-Apopka research report ;
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Bibliographic ID: UF00066554
Volume ID: VID00001
Source Institution: Marston Science Library, George A. Smathers Libraries, University of Florida
Holding Location: Florida Agricultural Experiment Station, Florida Cooperative Extension Service, Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, and the Engineering and Industrial Experiment Station; Institute for Food and Agricultural Services (IFAS), University of Florida
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Resource Identifier: oclc - 71316973

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R. T. Poole and C. A. Conover
University of Florida, IFAS
Agricultural Research and Educatic t
AREC-A Research Report RH-84-1 UME LIBRARY

There is increasing interest in shipment of foliage l lat bo 2-4
weeks, since plants that can endure darkness for 4 weeks can be transport ed
by ship to most parts of the world. BA, 6-benzy1ldidhmViivaod-y]'(,
prolongs storage life of plants and delays senescelTCe-y-retarding-Gh4-
phyll and carotene degradation, essential components for photosynthesis.
Previous work suggested BA could be useful in maintaining plant quality of
Dieffenbachia stored for up to 30 days in the dark. The following experiment
was conducted to study effects of BA sprays on Dieffenbachia stored in the

Dieffenbachia maculata 'Perfection' were grown for 3 months in 8 inch
containers in a shadehouse receiving 1200 ft-c maximum light intensity and
1 level teaspoon of 19-6-12 Osmocote (1) before treatments began. The
experiment consisted of a 3x2x2x2 factorial with BA levels of: 0, 50 and 100
ppm sprayed 1 or 4 days prior to placement in coolers of 55 or 650F for 2 or
4 weeks. The first spray was applied December 11, 1981, with the remaining
plants sprayed December 14, 1981; all plants were placed in coolers
December 15 and removed 2 or 4 weeks later. Plants were then placed in rooms
where they received 125 ft-c from Cool White fluorescent lamps 12 hours daily,
watered as needed and graded March 17, 1982.

A BA spray of 25, 50 or 100 ppm was reported to reduce deterioration of
Dieffenbachia while stored for 30 days. Results of this experiment showed a
slight benefit. Plant grade remained the same for all treatmentsof BA, but a
spray of 100 ppm reduced the average number of leaves damaged from 3.6 to 2.6
(Table 1). BA does show promise as a material that prolongs plant quality
while in the dark, but proper production practices and proper storage during
shipping appear to be the most important.


1. Conover, C. A. and R. T. Poole. 1984. Light and fertilizer recommenda-
tions for production of acclimatized potted foliage plants. ARC-A
Research Report RH-84-7.

Professor and Professor and Center Director, Agricultural Research and
Education Center, 2807 Binion Road, Apopka, FL 32703, respectively.

Table 1. Response of Dieffenbachia 'Perfection' to Application of BA and

March 17, 1982
BA Number of
(ppm) Plant grade chlorotic leaves

0 3.9 3.6
50 3.8 3.4
100 4.0 2.6

Linearz NS .05
Quadratic NS NS

550F 3.9 3.3
650F 3.9 3.1

Linear NS NS

2 wks 3.9 4.2
4 wks 3.9 2.2

Linear NS .05

Time of BA
application, days
before storage
1 3.9 3.1
4 3.9 3.3

Linear NS NS

zNS = non-significant, .05 significant at the .05 level.

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