Verdugo-Ramírez, G., Vidal-Takasaki, A., Salgado-Varas, E.
Original Research Article,
The use of different solutions in flower postharvest is based on substances of easy access for users and friendly to the environment. The main components of a postharvest solution correspond to sugars in an acid environment in such a way to reduce the proliferation of microorganisms that can alter the absorption and mobility of water. Using sugar-acid based solutions of fancy drinks can improve flower conditions in species with reduced postharvest life. In this experiment we tested solutions between 10 and 100% of the common soft drink Sprite®, because its favorable balance of sugar/acid. Results indicate that the control treatment onsets senescence on the 8th day after the start of experiment. In that moment treatments with more than 30% of Sprite (pH <3.6 and sugar higher than 4.9 g 100 mL-1) show the best shelf life condition.