Zinnia Elegans ‘Sun Gold’
Years Trialed: 2002
Nice intense yellow (8); Large flowers (5); Flowers mostly double (4); Resists powdery mildew (2); Good branching, branches yield usable flowers (double); Attractive flower form; Very few single/semi-doubles until late in cutting stage; Excellent vase life, kept double flowers throughout season; Plant size good; Super fast crop; Phenomenal bloom size with really nice, long, sturdy stems; Color excellent, the name ‘Sun Gold’ describes it beautifully – Heavy bloomers despite dry and very hot conditions – Vase life 1 week or more; No netting needed, form; Uniform color.
Powdery mildew (3); Too short (2); Susceptible to powdery mildew, but not more so than other zinnias; Not as long stemmed as ‘Benary Giants’ – No real difference between this and the ‘Benary Yellow’; Even with a mid and late season drought, leaf diseases were still an issue; Similar to ‘Sun Cherry’ although they seemed to be a little more stunted and yellower; No insect problem until late in season, then Japanese beetles were heavy; None, even without support net.
|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||0-35||0-20||35||3-5||3-5||1-5||3-5||16-432|
(1) 1 to 5 scale, with 5 being the best. Market ratings are based on sales to wholesalers, retailers, or final consumers direct.
301 Natividad Rd.
Salinas, CA 93906