Summer flowers studied for Tokyo Olympics

Scientists are studying flowers that can bloom at the peak of summer when Tokyo hosts the Olympics and Paralympics in 2020.

Flowers that can withstand the heat of summer have not been the subject of much research. The Tokyo Metropolitan Agriculture and Forestry Research Center, based in Tachikawa, surveyed about 1,200 varieties, selecting about 250.

These will be featured in a handbook that could be completed in January, with an eye toward having the flowers used decoratively during the 2020 Games.

The 2020 Games are scheduled to take place at the height of summer, from late July to early September. Immediately after Tokyo won its Olympic bid, the center started researching flowers that dependably bloom in summer.

Working with Tokyo flower producers and others, they planted a variety of seedlings in Hibiya Park in Chiyoda Ward, Tokyo, in the summers of 2016 and 2017 to determine how well they withstood heat and dryness. About 1,200 types of data were collected.

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