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Helianthus Annuus ‘Ikarus’

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Trial: Annual

Years Trialed: 1999

Good Qualities

Good light yellow/lemon color (6); Wonderful, dark velvet eye, upright radials, long lasting as cuts. Very strong stems, good diameter. Heat and drought tolerant. Exceptional flower heads 5-6; across; Definitely growing next year; Great flower head posture (for use in mixed bouquets). Better than average resistance to leaf fungus. Good stem length. Good plant size. Good flower head size; Germinated well in greenhouse and direct sow in field even with record breaking drought in my county; Many heads; Great stem length. Strong stems; Grew well, good shape, branches useful; No lodging after big storm; No rust, very uniform, good proportion of petals to disk. Purity of color is consistent throughout petals. Pollenless, small leaves.

Problems

Color too light (2); Too short (2); None; Lighter petal color seems to attract more bugs than darker, golder colored sunflowers; Just never looked very good for us. Seemed to be insect prone; Blends with other sunflowers, not appealing by itself. Not much market demand. Axillary branches (good for home garden) cuts; Like Valentine, this variety does not like our soil.

Comments

I would grow these all year long. Pure yellow color is exquisite for a fresh cut. One of my favorites out of all I have grown. No fertilizer or chemicals used; We will grow again next year; Didn’t hold very long after cut and tends to fall over in field; Nice multi-bloom sunflower.

Trial Data

Helianthus annuus ‘Ikarus’
Yield (stems/plant) Stem Length (inches) Market Appreciation Rating¹ Repeat Again Rating¹ Ease of Cultivation Rating¹
Average  4.5 24.9 3.7 3.5 4.6

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

Supplier

Benary Seed
1444 Larson St.
Sycamore, IL 60178

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