CA storage system is not applicable to all fruits and vegetables. No matter what kind of storage method is adopted, CA storage or others, the storage effects greatly depend on the storage properties of the fruits and vegetables to be stored.
The storage property is based on the kind and variety of fruits and vegetables. Even the fruits and vegetables of the same kind have a great difference in storability. The determining factors for the storage property of the fruits involve species, size, ripening stage, picking time as well as the plant organs which the fruits belong to.
For instance, generally, late-maturing varieties have better storage property than the early-maturing varieties. As for fruits and vegetables fall into the same kind or species, the storage property of the ones harvested in autumn are better than that of the ones harvested in summer, as well as the smaller ones are better than the bigger ones in storage durability.
For fruits on the same plant, the ones enjoy enough sunlight are superior to those having no sunlight. Leaf vegetables have the worst storage property. The head boasts satisfactory storage performances since its metabolic activity is relatively slow. The flower and fruit, as propagative organs, are hard to be stored for their comparatively strong metabolism. Tuber, corm, bulb, rhizome are vegetative organs. Some vegetative organs have obvious dormancy state, so they are easy for storage.
The selected varieties of fruits or vegetables with good storage properties should be tested whether they are suitable for CA storage, referring to the research, experiment and commercialization storage result which are made domestically and internationally. Meanwhile, the characteristics, growth conditions, marketing channel and other factors related to a given kind of vegetable or fruit. The newly introduced varieties can be popularized after a series of tests.