After successful field trials, the scientists of Dr YS Parmar University of Horticulture and Forestry, Nauni, have released a new cultivar of chrysanthemum for commercial cultivation in the state.
The cultivar has been developed after long field trials by SR Dhiman, YC Gupta, YD Sharma and Pariksha Vaidya of department of floriculture of the varsity and would help in transforming the economy of those engaged in commercial cultivation of chrysanthemum.
Chrysanthemum, commonly known as 'Guldaudi', is one among the top most cut flowers and pot plants of the world. Botanically, it is known as Dendranthema grandiflora or Chrysanthemum morifolium. Its flowers are used as cut as well as loose for decoration purposes. Its flowers are also used for making garlands, venis, gazras and other religious offerings. It is second top most cut flower of the world and as a pot plant, it has occupied fifth position.
In Himachal Pradesh, it is cultivated on an area of about 315 hectares. Keeping the importance of this crop, the varsity scientists succeeded in developing many new cultivars for commercial cultivation but the newly developed variety 'Solan Shringar', released for commercial cultivation, has given desired results during the field trials. The beauty of 'Solan Shringar' lies in its bright white coloured flowers which can be produced round the year, besides all other important qualities.