Recommendations for Maintaining Postharvest Quality
Produce Facts in English > Lemonleaf
Michael S. Reid
Department of Plant Sciences, University of California, Davis
Gaultheria shallon. A hardy, long-lived cut foliage, salal was named for Dr. Gaultier, a physician from Quebec in about 1750.
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 the 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 –0.5-1°C. When harvested, lemonleaf is normally stored, bunched and cooled, at or slightly below freezing, in large bins lined with plastic to reduce water loss.
Salal is normally packed in horizontal fiberboard boxes.
Even though the stems are woody, salal is adapted to standard florists’ procedures for re-hydration and use in arrangements.
First published on this website: October 2004