The present investigation was carried out on the premises of Biotechnology cum Tissue Culture Centre, Odisha University of Agriculture and Technology, Bhubaneswar during 2015-16 and 2016-17. The objective of the study was to standardize suitable integrated nutrient management (INM) practices on the postharvest life of gerbera cut flowers.
Four leaved tissue culture plantlets of gerbera cv. Shimmer a hybrid suitable for protected cultivation were used for planting. The experiment was laid down in Completely Randomized Design (CRD) with eight treatments combination and three replications per treatment. The treatments of different combinations of vermicompost, biofertilizer, chemical fertilizer, and macro and micronutrient spray were used. The biofertilizers were applied after incubation with vermicompost for 7 days.
The recommended dose of fertilizer was applied 3 months after planting as a top dressing and subsequently as per treatment. The treatment combination of 75% Recommended Dose of Fertilizer (RDF) + vermicompost + Phosphorus Solubilizing Bacteria (PSB) + Azotobacter/Azospirillum + macro and micronutrient spray recorded maximum percent gain in weight of flower stalk, maximum percent gain in stalk length in vase, maximum percent gain in flower diameter, highest solution uptake in a vase and longest vase life.
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Giri, Bishnupada & Beura, Sashikala. (2021). Impact of Organic and Inorganic Sources of Nutrients on Post Harvest Life of Cut Flowers of Hybrid Gerbera (Gerbera jamesonii B.) cv. Shimmer. Journal of Experimental Agriculture International. 1-8. 10.9734/jeai/2021/v43i230639.