Helianthus ‘Golden Glory’
Years Trialed: 2003
Beautiful golden color of petals with typical sunflower brown center (6); Large flower heads (2); Last to flower, flower is a good size, not too large; Uniform bloom time; Nice bloom, stems were easier to strip than other varieties; Very strong stem; Nice size disc; Thinner stems, flower head at less than 90o, slightly longer petals with up to 8 inch heads; Strong stems, very well accepted, nice size flower heads; Shorter plants than many other cultivars; Sturdy stem, pollenless, customers love this type at our market; Good vertical stand for petals; Uniform height and flower consistent in size; Nice flower.
Poor germination (5); Stems too thick (3); No problems (2); Rust; Seedlings “spiraled” at soil level, most didn’t live to get in the ground; 18 to 24 inches total height, very small blooms; Rain and handling damaged petals, customers would not buy too large flower and stem; Pollen; A little taller than average, a reach to pick; Didn’t like the way the petals didn’t open, they seemed short, would like a taller sunflower; Did not perform well for me (Zone 6b); Staggered blooming, cutting at longer stem lengths would include buds too immature; Too big a center and too short of eyelashes; Too large for cuts; Hit by disease, didn’t fully recover head is heavy.
|Yield (stems/plant)||Stem Length (inches)||Market Appreciation Rating – Wholesale (1)||Market Appreciation Rating – Retail (1)||Market Appreciation Rating – Consumer (1)||Repeat Again Rating (2)||Ease of Cultivation Rating (2)||Average Spacing (in2)|
|Range of Responses||1-12||10-72||3-4||3-5||1-5||1-5||1-5||9-216|
(1) 1 to 5 scale, with 5 being the best. Market ratings are based on sales to wholesalers, retailers, or final consumers direct.
Fred C. Gloeckner
600 Mamaroneck Ave.
Harrison, NY 10528-1613