Year Trialed: 2009
Good traditional color (3); Strong stems (3); So similar to ‘Tapuz’ that I could not tell the difference; Another strong- stemmed, large-headed variety, but not a real standout; Standard single stem; Attractive flowers; Traditional form, good necks; Bloomed all season.
Very poor germination (2), only 25% (according to one trialer); Like ‘Tapuz’, this variety produced small side buds that had to be removed to improve appearance/ quality; Leaves were very damaged by disease early in the season when conditions were wet, this created a lot of extra work since we had to do so much additional cleaning in order to have saleable stems, even then half the crop was a loss; also these plants were branching, not singles, later plantings did much better with disease, this variety is definitely more suited for hot, dry climates; The field they were planted in was of lower fertility so the flowers were small; After first cut no new side blooms grew; A bit short (grown in short days); Germination was good on all but the ‘Zohar’, flowers were nice but they didn’t seem to last as long as the others; These went out as plugs and these and my first crop of sunflowers rotted ….so wet this spring; Cornell Trial 77 days to flower with long-day conditions (summer) – very sensitive to short days as plants flowered 22 days earlier if grown at 12 hours daylength in seedling stage.
Most orange sunflowers (2).
Postharvest in water (2); Cut into hydrator and store in holding; Used Floralife for hard water; Cut early in the day, kept cool and also used Floralife, strip bottom foliage before putting into buckets, seems to help with absorption.
|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||1-6||16-66||2-5||2-5||2-5||1-5||2-5||36-1296||7-10|
(1) 1 to 5 scale, with 5 being the best. Market ratings are based on sales to wholesalers, retailers, or final consumers direct.
Genesis Seeds Ltd.