IJSRP, Volume 11, Issue 4, April 2021 Edition [ISSN 2250-3153]
K.M.Malik, A.H.Wani- and I.T.Nazki
The main focus in lily cultivation has been on cut flower production and other attributes like pot culture and garden display have not been addressed so seriously resulting in damage to the flowers during medium and high wind storms particularly to the cultivars which have long stems. The present investigation on effect of growth retardants on growth, flowering and bulb yield of Asiatic Lilium was carried out at the Experimental field of faculty of agriculture Sher-e-Kashmir University of Agricultural Sciences and Technology of Kashmir, Wadura campus. The results obtained revealed that growth retardants (paclobutrazol and cycocel) had significant effects on growth, flowering and bulb characteristics of Asiatic lilium. The treatment combination paclobutrazol (60ppm) and cycocel (200ppm) took minimum days to bulb sprouting(17.66 days), produced shortest plant(45.18cm),less number of leaves (35.00),lesser number of days to colour break(48.00 days),minimum number of days to anthesis (52days),maximum number of bulbs plant-1 (3.91) and diameter of bulb (6.33cm) with highest propagation coefficient (3.91) whereas maximum flower diameter (15.27cm),weight of bulb (98.10 g) and maximum scale size (2.03)was obtained under T7 (cycocel@ 200ppm). On the other hand number of daughter bulbs produced bulb-1was observed under T4 i.e., paclobutrazol @ 60ppm. However there were no significant effects of growth retardants on number of flowers plant-1.