NC State Extension

Helianthus ‘ProCut Bicolor’

Trial: Annual

Year Trialed: 2004

Year of Trial: First (from 2004 report)

Good Qualities:

Beautiful bi-color (8); Mixed well or by itself, strong stems, well accepted; Strong-stemmed dark colored sunflower, a welcome break from the usual weak-necked darker introductions; Favorite new sunflower, quick crop time; Best bi-color I’ve grown, very uniform production; Flower coloration distinctive, useful for fall bouquets, fast, nice size, consistent, flowers and height plant; Nice petal formation, strong stem, but not too thick, nice head size; Two weeks earlier than ‘Ring of Fire’; Nice flower size.

Problems:

Drops petals readily in postharvest (2); No problems (2); Stems are very thick! A lot of market customers did not like this, too big for florist use. I would not grow again because of this; Poor germination; Coloration – brownish red; color fades in bright sunlight, final coloring faint; Opens fast and turns sideways, color could be a more contrasting bi-color like ‘Orange Mahogany’; Weak stems, floppy flower heads.

Postharvest:

Used Floralife; Did not use any postharvest treatment; Did not refrigerate; water only. Editor’s note: see separate postharvest article in this issue for more information.

Comments:

Similar to ‘Terra Cotta’, ‘Ring of Fire’, and ‘Orange Mahogany’; One of the better of a 10 varieties tried; Not particularly good, contrast of colors; Will definitely grow again; Good single stem.

Trial Data

Helianthus ‘ProCut Bicolor’
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 1.0 41.7 3.5 4.3 3.8 3.8 4.4 87 7.7
Range of Responses 1 24-60 3-4 3-5 2-5 2-5 2-5 18-144 4-12

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

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