Dark Storage of Calamondin

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J. Ben-JaacovDepartment of Ornamental Horticulture, Agricultural Research Organization, The Volcani Center, Bet Dagan 50250, Israel

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B. SteinitzDepartment of Ornamental Horticulture, Agricultural Research Organization, The Volcani Center, Bet Dagan 50250, Israel

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Y. TendlerDepartment of Ornamental Horticulture, Agricultural Research Organization, The Volcani Center, Bet Dagan 50250, Israel

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Abstract

Pot plants of calamondin (Citrus madurensis Lour.) were dark-stored for 2 weeks at 10° or 20°C. There was considerable leaf and fruit abscission in plants stored at 20°. Plants stored in the dark for 2 weeks at 12° were of excellent quality and leaf and fruit drop was negligible during storage. These plants continued to flourish in a simulated home environment. Horizontal placement of plants during storage increased packing density by 50% without reducing plant quality, compared to plants packed in a vertical position.

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Received for publication 23 Apr. 1983. Contribution No. 719-E, 1983 series, from the Agricultural Research Organization, The Volcani Center, P.O. Box 6, Bet Dagan 50250, Israel. This research was supported by Grant No. I-289-80 from BARD, The United States—Israel Binational Agricultural Research and Development Fund. We thank D. Ziv and S. Kagan for their technical assistance and the Getzler and Hadaron nurseries for their cooperation. The cost of publishing this paper was defrayed in part by the payment of page charges. Under postal regulations, this paper therefore must be hereby marked advertisement solely to indicate this fact.

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