In the United States and Canada, the demand for local cut flowers is increasing, and production has increased accordingly. John Dole, Christian Loyola and Rebecca Dunning electronically surveyed 1098 manufacturers and suppliers of cut flowers for their current production of cut flowers, as well as post-harvest problems and customer problems to accurately assess the needs of the industry.
The striking results of their survey were carefully analyzed and detailed in the article “Survey of the production of cut flowers in North America and post-harvest work”, published in the open access journal. Horttechnology,
The production of cut flowers in the United States and Canada has increased in recent years. Because of this resurgence, more information is needed about current production and post-harvest handling problems. This research paper and summary article identified the nature of these problems and provide guidance on how to best solve them using 31 basic crop types as a template.
The article also lists an additional 99 species and categories of cut flowers grown by enterprising local farmers.
He adds: “Local buyers are in the know, and manufacturers of cut flowers have responded by producing hundreds of different types of lush, gorgeous colors. Our research has shown that manufacturers and manufacturers of cut flowers face many problems in delivering these flowers to their customers. "
Of the 1098 surveys sent, the authors received 210 responses, resulting in a response rate of 19%. On this basis, the cross-sectional data was extrapolated.
The analysis showed that the main problem of production was the destruction of insects. Harvest time was the second most important problem, and the fight against disease ranked third.
Harvest time includes a number of related issues, such as determining the correct harvest stage, too short harvest windows, simultaneous flowering or lack of control when the crop is ready for harvest.
The main post-harvest issues were temperature control, hydration and flower feed management. Regarding the post-harvest processing on the farm, the hydration and vase life were the two most mentioned problems.
As for the post-harvest harvest during storage and transportation, the most common problems were damage and hydration.
Customer complaints were also scheduled, with measuring the life of a vase and breaking petals as the most-mentioned problems.
The study turned out to be frank in the sense that it would allow researchers and enterprises to focus on the main problems of the production of cut flowers and harvesting, as well as on the crops that need improvement in North America.
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