393 ONE COOLER, SINGLE TEMPERATURE COOLING OF POTTED TULIPS

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`Blenda', `Leen v.d. Mark', `Monte Carlo', `Negritta' and `Paul Richter' tulip (Tulipa gesneriana) bulbs received a total of 15 weeks of cold (5°C) with 0, 2, 4, 6, 8, 10, or 12 weeks applied to dry, unpotted bulbs. The bulbs were then planted, watered, and exposed to cold for the remainder of the 15 weeks. Bulbs receiving up to 10 weeks dry, unpotted cold showed no decrease in flowering percentage and plant quality when compared to bulbs receiving 15 weeks of moist, potted cold. For bulbs receiving 12 weeks of dry cold, flowering percentage was generally lower when compared with 0-10 weeks of dry cold and varied with the cultivar and the year, i.e. 63% of `Paul Richter' and 100% of `Negritta' bulbs receiving 12 weeks of dry cold flowered in year one: whereas, 95% of `Paul Richter' and 70% of `Negritta' bulbs flowered in year two. For all cultivars, bulbs receiving 12 weeks of dry cold had the shortest shoots at the end of the cooling treatment compared with the other treatments. While final height varied significantly with the cultivar in year two, differences were not commercially noticeable. Final height was not influenced in year one.

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