Helianthus ‘ProCut Orange’

Helianthus 'ProCut Orange'

Trial: Annual

Year Trialed: 2004

Year of Trial: First (from 2004 report)

Good Qualities:

Great flower color (3); Short crop time (3); Very uniform flowering time (2); Nice strong rays, strong stem and neck; Very large flower, sold for $2.00 stem; Customers returned week after week for more ‘Procuts’; Favorite new sunflower; Very exciting new crop; Best sunflower I’ve grown in a few years!; Nice color, nice height, not too tall; 2 weeks earlier than ‘Sunrich Orange’; Size flower head good; Nice flower size; Big, even consistent headed flower with a very crisp look, held heads up in spite of size, no doubt smaller stems would hurt this attribute, but if heads were smaller as well….

Problems:

Stems too thick (2); Poor germination, bit raggety; The stems are too large (fat around) to use in mixed bouquets; I went on to purchase this seed and use it throughout the season, stems got progressively shorter and smaller, my cut this week of 10/10 is only 3 feet tall but customers are still buying it, we needed to put additional stems in the bunch though; Opens fast and turns sideways; Weak stems, floppy flower heads; Stalks were soft and got a brown rot B many plants fell over, would only grow in the field in the future; Stems too short; Slight problem with powder mildew.

Postharvest:

Editor’s note: see separate postharvest article in this issue for more information.

Comments:

Similar to ‘Sunbright Supreme’ (2) or ‘Sunrich Orange’; Not a very bright orange; ‘Procut Bi-color’ flowered 1st, then ‘Procut Orange’ and then ‘Procut Lemon’ B planted several plantings thru season; Good single stem; Quick producer, though I didn’t record dates, will try much closer spacing to bring stem size down; Will plant again.

Trial Data

Helianthus ‘ProCut Orange’
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)
Average 1.3 37.4 3.7 4.0 4.0 4.0 4.4 92 9.6
Range of Responses 1-5 12-60 3-4 3-5 2-5 2-5 2-5 18-180 5-15

(1) 1 to 5 scale, with 5 being the best. Market ratings are based on sales to wholesalers, retailers, or final consumers direct.

Supplier

SeedSense Ltd.

The Tithe Barn, Mundesley Rd.

Trunch, Norfolk HR28 0QB, England

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