Absence of pollen dramatically increases shelf life Lisianthus

Posted On 07 Jul 2016
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orn_lisianthus_pollen-free_sakataHOOFDDORP, The Netherlands: Sakata Seed Corporation in Japan has taken Lisianthus breeding to a new stage, with the development of the world’s first Lisianthus type that does not produce pollen.

With no stamen to produce pollen*1, Sakata’s revolutionary new Lisianthus varieties have excellent flower durability and the benefit of no scattered pollen that can cause staining of flowers, machines and home décor. The pollen-free flower type is common among cut flowers such as Sunflower, however this is a world’s first in Lisianthus, a cut flower with increasing popularity and spectacular market growth. With the development of this new technology (Patent Pending), Sakata foresees an even greater expansion of the popularity of Lisianthus in the future.

There are two major benefits to pollen free Lisianthus cut flowers. The first one is that during transportation shaking will not cause pollen to scatter, thus the petals stay clean and are not smeared with pollen. Secondly, the absence of pollination can mean an ever longer vase life for the flowers. In studies carried out by Sakata and other companies (see the graph on the next page), the decorative vase life of the flowers has been found to last for about 7 days longer than conventional Lisianthus varieties, presenting an opportunity for even higher commercial value. These combined features will be of great advantage during longer transportation periods, such as during import and export of Lisianthus cut flowers, and we believe this offers a significant advantage over the current market assortment.

Initially, Sakata has developed three varieties: Single-flowered White, Single-flowered Blue Picotee, and Single-flowered Pink Picotee. Seed sales of these three varieties is scheduled for test marketing in Japan is the fall of 2017. Research of a Double-flowered type is also underway and we plan to announce this release in the future. These varieties result from the innovative and technological strength of Sakata’s Flower Research team – pioneers of Lisianthus development. Sakata is currently the top market-share holder in Lisianthus.

(Photo : Right and Above Left is pollen-free type, Below Left is a conventional variety).

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