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AFE Research Helps Address Common Gerbera Concern

AFE Research Helps Address Common Gerbera Concern

Gerbera Daisy Research

Scape bending of ‘Testarrosa’ was eliminated when stems were supported during hydration (left).

For satisfied floral customers, cut flowers need to have high quality and a long vase life, but bending of the scape (stalk) is a major postharvest issue that can leave flowers unmarketable and customers unsatisfied. AFE funded researchers from the University of Florida screened 14 gerbera varieties for scape bending, flower quality and vase life.
Reducing Scape Bending in the Gerbera Daisy, Research Report #454 includes the following best practices to eliminate scape bending:

More than 150 additional research reports are also available online.