With no stamen to produce pollen, Sakata’s new Lisianthus varieties have no scattered pollen that can cause staining of flowers, machines and home décor.
The pollen-free flower type is common among cut flowers such as Sunflower, but this is a world’s first in Lisianthus, a cut flower seeing market growth.
With the development of this new patent pending technology, Sakata foresees an even greater expansion of the popularity of Lisianthus in the future.
Sakata says there are two main benefits to pollen free Lisianthus cut flowers. The first one is that during transportation shaking will not cause pollen to scatter, thus the petals stay clean and are not smeared with pollen.
Secondly, the absence of pollination can mean an ever longer vase life for the flowers. In studies carried out by Sakata and other companies, the decorative vase life of the flowers has been found to last for about seven days longer than conventional Lisianthus varieties, presenting an opportunity for even higher commercial value.
These combined features will be of advantage during longer transportation periods, such as during import and export of Lisianthus cut flowers, and Sakata believes this offers a "significant advantage over the current market assortment".
Initially, Sakata has developed three varieties: Single-flowered White, Single-flowered Blue Picotee, and Single-flowered Pink Picotee. Seed sales of these three varieties is scheduled for test marketing in Japan is the autumn of 2017. Research of a Double-flowered type is also underway and Sakata plans to announce this release in the future.