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Inoculation of the various potting media with the mycorrhizal fungus Glomus fasciculatum (Thaxter) Gerd. & Trappe resulted in root colonization of geranium (Pelargonium × hortorum L.H. Bailey) by the endophyte that persisted after transplanting. By flowering time, mycorrhizal transplants grown at 11 or 43 ppm P were more uniform in growth than nonmycorrhizal transplants grown at the same nutrient regimes, had greater leaf areas and leaf weights, had increased root and shoot weights, and had lower foliar Mn concentrations. Mycorrhizae were sufficiently well-established on most seedlings at a minimum of 2 weeks after emergence to persist and continue to develop after transplanting. Pretransplant inoculation with G. fasciculatum increased subsequent geranium growth over that of nonmycorrhizal controls when both were transplanted into soil heavily infested with mycorrhizal fungus inoculum, even though size of mycorrhizal and nonmycorrhizal plants did not differ at the time of transplanting. Posttransplant inoculation with G. fasciculatum did not affect the growth of plants which were already mycorrhizal at transplant, but increased the growth of previously nonmycorrhizal transplants. Pretransplant inoculation in soil, peat, or vermiculite resulted in larger plants than posttransplant inoculation in these media.

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Growth and flowering of chrysanthemum, poinsettia, fuchsia, hydrangea, and geranium grown on rotating shelves were compared with that of plants grown in full ambient sunlight on a stationary greenhouse bench. Ambient insolation reaching plants on the rotating shelves was ca. 55% of that on the stationary greenhouse bench on a sunny day and ca. 60% of full insolation on a cloudy day. Plants grown on the rotating shelves required two to six days longer to flower and were smaller in height, weight, and number of flowers compared to plants under full light. The lasting of chrysanthemum leaves and petals was lessened by growth on rotating shelves compared to plants grown in full light while there was no effect on the lasting of poinsettia bracts or of hydrangea leaves and sepals under simulated home conditions.

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