Studies were conducted on the effects of seasonal levels of relative humidity, temperature, and total radiation, on dry weight of petals, on fresh weight of epicuticular wax and of cuticle of petals, on numbers ofBotrytis cinerea lesions in petals, and on preharvest flowering periods in gerbera and rose. No temporal relationships or significant correlations were found among dry weight of petals, ... [Show full abstract] weight of wax and cuticle of petals, and numbers of lesions on the petals. Temperature, relative humidity and total radiation did not correlate significantly with dry weight of petals, or with fresh weights of wax and cuticle of petals, except for a positive correlation between relative humidity and cuticle weight in the gerbera cultivar Delphi. No relation was found between weight of epicuticular wax and cuticle of petals and susceptibility of gerbera and rose petals toB. cinerea. The thickness of wax and cuticle on flowers did not seem to be an important factor influencing the susceptibility of flowers toB. cinerea. The seasonal pattern in number of lesions produced on the flowers byB. cinerea was related to the effects of relative humidity and radiation on infectivity of conidia of the pathogen on the flower surface but not to the effects on the susceptibility of flowers.