Promotion and development of the peony throughout the Ligurian territory
This topic forms part of current floriculture guidelines on innovative products meeting the criteria of economic and environmental sustainability.
Microthermal plants can be cultivated in Liguria with reduced structural costs, with crops grown outdoors, under tunnels or in unheated greenhouses, and reduced operating costs, with robust species, low nutritional needs and manageable phytopathological issues.
The peony, in particular, has moderate cultivation versatility, being suitable for various coastal environments or areas immediately inland, and thus providing a prospective of rehabilitation for plots of currently uncultivated land.
The methodological approach envisaged collaboration between the Regional Institute for Floriculture (IRF), the flower producing companies involved in the project, and the Floriculture Service Centre for the Liguria Region.
The collaboration is oriented towards developing a joint evaluation of the varieties that can be introduced as pilot novelties and verifying adaptable cultivation techniques to extend the flowering period.
The various actions defined in the operational project include:
WP0 - Coordination and monitoring
WP1 - Establishment of the group of partner companies
WP2 - Bibliographic and market research
WP3 - Selection of varieties to grow
WP4 - Preparation of a varietal collection