541 Floral Initiation of Regal Pelargonium Grown at Varying Daily Light Integrals

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  • 1 Department of Agriculture, Macomb, IL 61455
  • | 2 Department of Horticulture, Pennsylvania State University, University Park, PA 16802

Nine cultivars of Pelargonium × domesticum representing three germplasm sources were evaluated for the effect of daily light integral on floral initiation. Plants were grown at four daily light integrals: 5, 10, 15, or 20 mols/day for a 16-h photoperiod in environmental growth chambers at constant 15.5 °C. Meristems were examined at 50-mol intervals (0 to 350 mols) for morphological changes associated with floral initiation. Two phenotypes were identified, cultivars with an association between floral initiation and irradiance and those with association between floral initiation and chronological time. Genotypic variation was observed among the cultivars of each phenotype.

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