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Title: Effect of the growth retardant Cycocel® on the growth and flowering of Felicia aethiopica as a flowering potted plant
Authors: Berry, D.A. 
Laubscher, Charles P 
Mabela, H.T. 
Keywords: Felicia aethiopica;Chlormequat (2-chlorethyl) trimethylammonium chloride;parts per million;Potted plants;Plant height;Flowering
Issue Date: 2013
Abstract: The Wild aster (Felicia aethiopica) was identified as a potential flowering potted plant due to its suitability to be grown in containers and its flowering period. However, the plant is naturally too tall for pot production. The plant growth retardant Cycocel® was selected as a possible means of controlling its growth habit. Plants were tested with five different concentrations (control, 800, 1 000, 1 250 and 1 500 ppm) applied as a foliar spray. Plants were cut back to 10 cm in height before the first application of Cycocel® was applied. The second application was applied 3 weeks later. After the first application, it was observed that all concentrations showed signs of leaf yellowing (chlorosis). The degree of yellowing increased with each concentration. The 800 ppm concentration produced shorter plants than the control. Although there were significant differences in plant width in week 8 and 10, Cycocel ® had no effect on reducing plant width in relation to the control. Cycocel® showed a positive effect on lateral branching and flower bud development towards the end of the experiment. The control was rated the most compact out of the 5 concentrations, but this is a result of the parameters set to measure each plant’s compactness.
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