Punjab Agricultural University has developed a technology to extend the flowering season of chrysanthemum flowers.
The flowers which used to be in full bloom only in winter months of November and December will now be available till March-April.
Using CFL bulbs,the floriculture department of PAU has developed a technology using which plants are kept under light from 10 pm and 12 midnight which extends blooming period.
If more farmers adopt this technology then not only can they reap benefits getting higher production for longer time but florists and marriage palaces can also use these flowers throughout the wedding season till March-April.
Talking to Newsline,Dr Kushal Singh,senior plant physiologist (floriculture),said,These flowers need less than 13.5-hour duration of light for blooming which is available in winters as days are short. Now to extend their flowering season,we are keeping raised saplings under bulbs at night. We are using CFL bulbs to save power for the process.
According to him,hardly 8-10 farmers in Punjab are growing chrysanthemums commercially because it is a difficult crop as compared to traditionally grown roses,marigold and gladiolus but PAU is trying to educate more farmers about its benefits.