Year Trialed: 2008
Good orange color with dark disk (2); Consistent quality, healthy, smaller heads; The newer cultivars of sunflowers that keep appearing every year are an incremental improvement over the older cultivar and ‘Arbel’ is typical of that change, nice presentation and has a more upright appearance longer; Almost two layers of overlapping petals, good neck posture and strength; Leaves on flower head produce attractive framing, huge blooms, thick stems, sturdy plants, short plants; vigorous growth; Early bloomer, uniform flowers, clear yellow petals against dark disc; Smaller heights; Standard orange sunflower, quite tall and late; Easy to grow, orange with short petals, good flower and stem size; Nice yellow orange inner petals darker orange; Good petal count.
Flower head is too big (3), it was so heavy that the head faced down when in a vase; Kind of plain; Some irregular petal lengths; Thick stems were difficult to cut; Flowers at a pronounced right angle to stem. Designers find it difficult to work with. This variety was a poor performer for me, stems were not very stout; Heads were small; Standard orange sunflower, similar to many, I really could not distinguish between any of these cultivars, or maybe I should say the differences were more subtle than I could see-I think that they were too large, really thick stems, big heads even when direct seeded; Late to flower compared to others.
The Sunrich series; Many; Looked a lot like the Sunbright series; Looked the same as ‘Carmel’.
Keep the vase solution clean; Bleach and water; We only used plain water; Remove leaves.
|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||1-2||24-73||2-4||3-4||2-5||1-5||3-5||36-648||5-12|
(1) 1 to 5 scale, with 5 being the best. Market ratings are based on sales to wholesalers, retailers, or final consumers direct.