Horticulture and Crop Science Department
BS in Agricultural and Environmental Plant Sciences
Rosa x hybrida (rose) is very popular, is a very valuable crop, and requires a great deal of moisture, nutrients, and disease/pest controls. To conserve water resources, the use of surfactants may be an effective method of wetting the growing media. In this study, four varieties of ornamental roses ‘All American Magic’ ™, ‘Passionate Kisses’, ‘Eyeconic’® Lychee Lemonade, and ‘Red Drift’® were evaluated for the use of surfactants to enhance post-harvest plant quality. After months of evaluation, it was determined that ‘All American Magic’ ™ and ‘Red Drift’® had very favorable responses to the use of the liquid surfactant, whereas ‘Passionate Kisses’ and ‘Eyeconic’® Lychee Lemonade were unaffected by the use of the liquid surfactant.