Chrysanthemum, the second-largest flower after rose in the global ornamental plants market, ranks third in terms of cut flowers and fifth in global floriculture trading. The floricultural study of chrysanthemum has garnered widespread attention recently. As the state of Chhattisgarh emerges as a floral hub, researchers are propelled to determine suitable cultivars of chrysanthemum for different characters in the Chhattisgarh plains. In pursuit of this objective, an experiment based on Randomized Block Design (under field conditions) was conducted during the years 2016-2017 with seven cultivars of chrysanthemum, namely Pusa Sona, Pusa Arunodaya, Pusa Kesari, Pusa Chitraksha, Pusa Aditya, Mother Teresa, and White Prolific. The results indicate that Pusa Sona exhibits early bud appearance (32.80 days), early flowering (60.27 days), the maximum number of flowers per plant (137.80), and the maximum number of branches per plant (19.73). Furthermore, Pusa Chitraksha demonstrates the maximum plant height (49.47 cm) and plant spread (32.63 cm). Pusa Kesari, on the other hand, records the maximum flower diameter (7.00 cm) and the maximum weight of flowers per plant (177.50 g), while the maximum flowering duration (59.40 days) is noted under Pusa Aditya. These novel findings are expected to significantly contribute to the decision-making of floriculturists regarding chrysanthemum plantations.

Bhoi, Madhusmita. (2023). Performance of Chrysanthemum Cultivars under Agro-climatic condition of Chhattisgarh plains. 10.1101/2023.11.28.568964.

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