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Iftikhar Ahmad, Muhammad B. Rafiq, John M. Dole, Bilal Abdullah, and Kinza Habib

The floriculture industry is constantly looking for new cultivars and species of cut flowers to excite the consumers and diversify production ( Regan and Dole, 2010 ). The specialty cut flower industry can take advantage of innovation by regularly

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Ravi Bika, Cristi Palmer, Lisa Alexander, and Fulya Baysal-Gurel

Hydrangeas ( Hydrangea sp.) are popular deciduous flowering shrubs that are widely used as cut flowers, potted plants, and landscape plants ( Adkins et al., 2003 ; Arafa et al., 2017 ; Kazaz et al., 2020 ; Pagter and Williams, 2011 ). Hydrangeas

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Iftikhar Ahmad, John M. Dole, and Frank A. Blazich

Many post-production factors affect vase life of cut flowers including developmental stage at harvest, temperature during the vase period, water loss, and various aspects of the vase solution such as sucrose levels, microbial populations, pH

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Chengyan Yue and Charles Hall

Consumers typically purchase cut flowers either for their own enjoyment or to use them as gifts. Unlike many edible horticultural crops whose quality attributes can be quantified (e.g., milligrams of fiber or sugar in an apple or 1 pound of celery

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Erin M.R. Clark, John M. Dole, Alicain S. Carlson, Erin P. Moody, Ingram F. McCall, Frankie L. Fanelli, and William C. Fonteno

Each year a wide variety of new cultivars and species are evaluated in the National Cut Flower Trial Programs administered by North Carolina State University and the Association of Specialty Cut Flower Growers. These new cultivars are tested at

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Crofton Sloan and Susan S. Harkness

Roses are one of the three main flower crops produced and distributed worldwide, and the large majority of roses purchased in the United States are produced in South America ( Armitage, 2000 ). In 2006, the United States imported cut flowers valued

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Samantha R. Nobes, Karen L. Panter, and Randa Jabbour

The production of specialty cut flowers is an opportunity to add valuable products to Wyoming growers and their local economy. The specialty cut flower market is growing in the United States as more cut flowers are being produced regionally for

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Cristian E. Loyola, John M. Dole, and Rebecca Dunning

Cut flower production in the United States and Canada has resurged in recent years. A survey conducted by Granitz (2014) found that 67% of the cut flower producers in North Carolina experienced an increase in demand for cut flowers, especially

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Cristian E. Loyola, John M. Dole, and Rebecca Dunning

Today’s cut flower industry is globalized. In the United States, imports of cut flowers began in the 1960s ( Conlon, 2016 ). Over the last 20 years, cut flower exports have more than doubled in size from about $4 billion in 1995 to more than $8

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Iftikhar Ahmad, John M. Dole, Atyab Amjad, and Sagheer Ahmad

Cut flowers are highly perishable and complex plant organs that need to be properly handled and stored to preserve their value and quality ( Reid, 2002 ). In some species, quality may be lost due to foliage or petal abscission, leaf chlorosis