The effect of use of modified atmosphere packaging technology (MAP) for increased shelf life of the Cut spikes of gladiolus grandiflorus Hort were studied. Three mixtures gas were evaluated, in two temperature conditions. The best condition was in the mixture with 70% N2, 15% CO2, 15% O2. Modified atmosphere packaging allowed conservation of cut spikes gladiolus by six days in polyethylene bag median barrier a 5°C. The cut flowers had six days in vase life after of stored in modified atmosphere packaging (MAP).
Key word: Gladiolus, modified atmosphere packaging.