New varieties of chrysanthemum developed

Anvita Srivastava
Thursday, 23 January 2020

“There are 130 varieties of chrysanthemum that are available and with the help of cross-breeding, we developed several new varieties. Out of these new varieties, three can be used as loose flowers as well as pot flowers. We are working on this for the past five years and in the last three years, it has been tested in Pune climatic condition,” said Tarak Saha, Senior Scientist, ICAR-DFR, Pune.

PUNE: The ICAR-Directorate of Floricultural Research (DFR), Pune has developed three new varieties of chrysanthemum. At present, these three varieties of chrysanthemum are in the second year of testing for all India Climatic condition at nine different locations.

“There are 130 varieties of chrysanthemum that are available and with the help of cross-breeding, we developed several new varieties. Out of these new varieties, three can be used as loose flowers as well as pot flowers. We are working on this for the past five years and in the last three years, it has been tested in Pune climatic condition,” said Tarak Saha, Senior Scientist, ICAR-DFR, Pune.

He further said, “One variety can be used as a loose flower while the other two can be used as pot flowers and garden display. These are in pink and yellow shades and also the flowering in these three varieties are profuse. In the first one which can be used as loose flowers, it can give more than 130 flowers in one flowering season while the second and third which can be used as a pot flower can give around 100 flowers in a flowering season.”

Saha said, these three varieties of chrysanthemum are in the second year of testing in all India climatic condition in nine different locations. He said, “At present, these three varieties are in the second year of all India climatic condition. It will take one more year for testing and following which we will compile all data and once the data is studied and accordingly, it will be released.”

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