The calla lily ornamental plant (Zantedeschia aethiopica) is grown and marketed in many countries. Studies on daily variation in photosynthesis are critical for understanding how a plant behaves in its growing environment.

The objective of this study was to evaluate the daily photosynthetic course of calla lily plants grown in pots in a greenhouse under 50% shade. Gas exchange (gs, A, E, Ci, WUE, iWUE, and iCE) and chlorophyll indices (a, b, and total) were evaluated from 7:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. over three days.

The values of all variables were greater at high temperatures (11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.), except for gs, Ci, and chlorophyll b, which were higher at low temperatures (7:00 to 9:00 a.m.) Therefore, it is suggested that calla lily producers maintain the water status between 11:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. to optimize photosynthetic processes and, consequently, the growth and development of this plant. Correspondingly, irrigation of this crop should be performed before the interval mentioned above.

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Gomes Dias, Marlon & da Silva, Toshik & Cruz, Renata & Barbosa, Lucas & Zanuncio, José & Grossi, José. (2022). DAILY PHOTOSYNTHETIC COURSE OF CALLA LILY PLANTS. REVISTA DE AGRICULTURA NEOTROPICAL. 9. e6962. 10.32404/rean.v9i2.6962.