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Published on Oct 19, 2016
Configure Enhances Bulking Perennial Liners Joyce Latimer, Virginia Tech
Flowering of many of our herbaceous perennials requires, or is enhanced by, vernalization. Plant development and/or size are critical to a plant’s perception of the cold period during the process of vernalization. Therefore, propagators recommend that liners or young potted plants be “bulked” in size, typically for six weeks prior to cooling.
This video describes the use of Configure (BA, Fine Americas, Inc.) to enhance bulking of liners of three herbaceous perennial crops that require or benefit from vernalization. The crops described are: Veronica ‘Goodness Grows,’ Lavandula ‘Provence,’ and Leucanthemum ‘Snowcap.’
Two spray applications of 300 to 600 ppm Configure are recommended over a six week bulking period. Applications should be at least two weeks apart. Increases in branching and shoot dry weight are evidence of enhanced bulking of treated liners.
Joyce Latimer is an Extension Specialist for Greenhouse Crops at Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, Virginia. Joyce has been evaluating plant growth regulators (PGRs) on herbaceous perennials for over 25 years. Her passion is improving plant quality and ease of production for producers while improving the quality of these plants for the home garden.