A PRELIMINARY STUDY ON THE RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN NUMBER OF LEAVES AND FLOWER QUALITY AND LONGEVITY IN TULIPA LANATA REGEL
GH. NABI JOO AND SHEIKH M. SULTAN
1Govt. Amar Singh College Srinagar, Kashmir (India),2ICAR-NBPGR Regional Research Station, Old Airfield Rangreth Srinagar, Kashmir (India)
Tulipa lanata Regel popularly known as Gul-i-Lala in Kashmir for its attractive scarlet blooms is an alien naturalized ornamental found growing wild across the valley. The plant is 3, 4 or 5-leaved and produces solitary terminal blooms on a scape immediately after winter during ending March to beginning of May.4-leaved plants are comparatively more common. Generally 3-leaved plants have flowers with larger fresh and dry weight followed by 5-leaved and 4-leaved plants. The flower on an average lasts for ten days under field conditions while an average vase life of 8 days has been recorded in plain deionized water at room temperature. A general positive relationship between leaf area and floral size, fresh and dry weight, longevity and post harvest life has been recorded during the course of present study.
Key words: Flower quality, Leaf area, Longevity, Tulipa lanata, Vase life[Download]