Among eight Carnation varieties viz. Diana, Aurturo, White Dona, Pink Dona, Soto, Red King, Tuareg and Dona., evaluated under naturally ventilated greenhouse and subjected to uniform treatment and cultural package of practices, the variety Red King was found best with respect to number of branches (8.0), number of flowers/plant (35.6), fresh weight of flower (8.38 g), dry weight of flower (2.66 g), flower diameter (7.83 cm) and vase life an important post harvest quality parameter was observed to be the superior in variety Red King (29.3 days) followed by cv Tuareg (24 days) and Pink Dona (21.3 days). On the basis of present experiment it was concluded that cultivar Red King were found to be promising with respect to yield as well as flower quality parameters and found suitable for commercial cultivation under naturally ventilated green house in mid hills of Kumaon Himalayas.
Key words: Carnation, greenhouse, varieties, vase life.
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