Helianthus ‘ProCut Bicolor’
Year Trialed: 2004
Year of Trial: First (from 2004 report)
Beautiful bi-color (8); Mixed well or by itself, strong stems, well accepted; Strong-stemmed dark colored sunflower, a welcome break from the usual weak-necked darker introductions; Favorite new sunflower, quick crop time; Best bi-color I’ve grown, very uniform production; Flower coloration distinctive, useful for fall bouquets, fast, nice size, consistent, flowers and height plant; Nice petal formation, strong stem, but not too thick, nice head size; Two weeks earlier than ‘Ring of Fire’; Nice flower size.
Drops petals readily in postharvest (2); No problems (2); Stems are very thick! A lot of market customers did not like this, too big for florist use. I would not grow again because of this; Poor germination; Coloration – brownish red; color fades in bright sunlight, final coloring faint; Opens fast and turns sideways, color could be a more contrasting bi-color like ‘Orange Mahogany’; Weak stems, floppy flower heads.
Used Floralife; Did not use any postharvest treatment; Did not refrigerate; water only. Editor’s note: see separate postharvest article in this issue for more information.
|Yield (stems/plant)||Stem Length (inches)||Market Appreciation Rating – Wholesale (1)||Market Appreciation Rating – Retail (1)||Market Appreciation Rating – Consumer (1)||Repeat Again Rating (1)||Ease of Cultivation Rating (1)||Average Spacing (in2)||Average Postharvest Life (days)|
|Range of Responses||1||24-60||3-4||3-5||2-5||2-5||2-5||18-144||4-12|
(1) 1 to 5 scale, with 5 being the best. Market ratings are based on sales to wholesalers, retailers, or final consumers direct.
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