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Rooted liners of Rosa cvs. Meijikatar and Meirutral were potted into 11 cm pots and placed into growth chambers. One chamber provided 14 hours of light with 30C/21C (day/night) air temperature (HTLD) and another chamber provided 8 hours of light with 21C/17C (day/night) air temperature (LTSD). PPF was 725 μmoles m-2 s-1 in both chambers. When plants were established, they were pinched and forced to flower. Simulated shipping for 4 days at 16C in darkness resulted in a shorter shelf-life when placed in an interior environment at 21C with a continuous PPF of 30 μmoles m-2 s-1 and compared to non-shipped plants. In addition, LTSD grown plants exhibited a shorter shelf-life than HTLD grown plants. When Meirutral plants were sprayed to runoff 24 hours prior to shipping, 2 mmolar (aminooxy)acetic acid (AOA) increased the shelf-life to the same length as the non-shipped plants and 2 mmolar silver thiosulphate (STS) increased the shelf-life to longer than the non-shipped plants. However, AOA did not increase shelf-life over that of shipped plants for Meijikatar whereas STS increased the shelf-life to that of the non-shipped plants.

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To assess the effects of summer-like [high-temperature long-day (HTLD)] vs. winter-like [low-temperature short-day (LTSD)] growing conditions on production quality and postproduction longevity of potted miniature roses, plants of Rosa L. `Meirutral' and `Meijikatar' were grown in growth chambers using a short-cycle production schedule (potted liners grown until root establishment, pinched, and flowered). Plants grown under the HTLD environment [30C day/21C night plus 725 μmol·m–2·s–1 photosynthetic photon flux (PPF) for 14 hours per day] had more flowering shoots than those grown under the LTSD environment (21C day/16C night plus 725 μmol·m–2·s–1 PPF for 10 hours per day). The difference is attributable to fewer blind shoots (shoots with aborted growing terminals) under HTLD, because plants in both environments had the same total number of shoots at flowering. Plants in the HTLD chamber also flowered faster, were shorter, and had smaller and lighter-colored flowers than plants in the LTSD chamber. In addition, plants under HTLD exhibited greater poststorage floral longevity and whole-plant shelf life than plants grown under LTSD conditions, regardless of cultivar, simulated shipping (storage) treatment (4 days at 16C), or stage of floral development at harvest. These results suggest benefits from summer production of potted miniature rose plants and the possibility of using a higher-temperature forcing regimen than is normally recommended for winter production.

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