Effect of refrigeration on post-harvest flowers
Cut flowers have a very limited life after they have been cut off from the mother plant, as survival on their own reserves is generally low due to the special morphological and physiological characteristics of their tissues. The use of refrigeration for storage of flower cuttings is very important because it reduces water loss, senescence, infections caused by bacteria and fungi, thus extending the shelf-life of flowers during the storage period. Therefore, the aim of the present work is to show differences between requirements of various species of flowers during refrigerated storage.
Keywords: Cooling, post-harvest, conservation, flowers, cold injury