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|Example of Lemonleaf, salal|
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Description / Shipment / Storage / Risk factors
Scientific Name and Introduction
Gaultheria shallon. A hardy, long-lived cut foliage, around the year 1750 salal was named in dedicating of Dr. Gaultier , a physician from Quebec .
Quality Characteristics and Criteria
Branches should be harvested when the leaves are mature, without tender young growth at the tips. Salal is very long lasting and has few postharvest problems. If foliage is of good quality at time of purchase, it should provide satisfaction in the vase.
Grading and Bunching
Quality foliage has uniform mature green leaves with no damage, defects, or disease. Salal is usually sold 20 stems per bunch.
Salal is not affected by exposure to ethylene.
Salal does not require any pretreatments to perform satisfactorily in the vase.
Salal should be stored at -0.5° to 1ºC. Once harvested, bunched and cooled, lemonleaf is normally stored at or slightly below freezing, in large bins lined with plastic to reduce water loss.
Salal is normally packed in horizontal fibreboard boxes.
Even though the stems are woody, salal is adapted to standard florists’ procedures for re-hydration and use in arrangements.
BMT De Beer’s Consolidated Manual on (Dutch) Flower Bulbs, cut flowers/greens and potted plants