Foliar application of salicylic acid and its impact on pre and post-harvest attributes of Antirrhinum majus L.

Authors

  • Ahsan Akram , Muhammad Adeel Asghar, Adnan Younis, Ahmed Faiz Akbar, Muhammad Talha, Amjad Farooq, Gulzar Akhtar, Muhammad Shafiqe and Muhammad Zaighum Mushtaq

Keywords:

Antirrhinum, Longevity, Plant Growth Regulator, Salicylic acid, Vase life, Vegetative growth

Abstract

Antirrhinum (Antirrhinum majus L.) is a popular specialty cut flower worldwide, has high demand and prospective due to its
incredible color and species. It is a very stipulating flower on various occasions. A study was accompanied to assess the
influence of salicylic acid (SA) on the growth, development, and post-harvest life of antirrhinum. The study was planned
according to Randomized Complete Block Design has three replications and four levels of salicylic acid viz. 100 mg L-1
, 300
mg L-1
, 600 mg L-1
, 900 mg L-1
and control treatment were used. The data regarding pre-and post-harvest attributes plant
height (cm), plant fresh weight (g), and dry weight (g), number of leaves, leaf area (cm2
), flower stalk length (cm), flower
diameter (mm), leaf total chlorophyll content (SPAD value), membrane stability index (%), solution uptake (ml), flower
opening percentage and vase life (days) was recorded according to the standard technique. The collected data were evaluated
statistically by using the Statistix 8.1 software. The current investigation results indicated that using 600 mg L-1
salicylic acid
concentration significantly enhance the plant height (91.33 cm), plant fresh weight (43.67 g), flower quality (9.17), and
salicylic acid at 900 mg L-1
concentration enhance the number of leaves (59.33), flower stalk length (6.17 cm), the total
number of florets (35.17), while by using 100 mg L-1
salicylic acid concentration increase in flower opening percentage (57.02
%), leaf relative water content (90.95 %), membrane stability index (108.16 %), solution uptake (40.44 ml) and vase life were
(8.75 days). It is concluded that a higher dose of salicylic acid enhances the biomass production but decreases the postharvest
life of Antirrhinum cut flowers. The use of lower concentration of salicylic acid enhances the post-harvest life of cut flowers.
© 2022 Department of Agricultural Sciences, AIOU

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Published

2023-06-12

How to Cite

Ahsan Akram , Muhammad Adeel Asghar, Adnan Younis, Ahmed Faiz Akbar, Muhammad Talha, Amjad Farooq, Gulzar Akhtar, Muhammad Shafiqe and Muhammad Zaighum Mushtaq. (2023). Foliar application of salicylic acid and its impact on pre and post-harvest attributes of Antirrhinum majus L. JPAA, 7(2). Retrieved from https://ojs.aiou.edu.pk/index.php/jpaa/article/view/1180

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