Helianthus ‘ProCut Orange’
Year Trialed: 2004
Year of Trial: First (from 2004 report)
Great flower color (3); Short crop time (3); Very uniform flowering time (2); Nice strong rays, strong stem and neck; Very large flower, sold for $2.00 stem; Customers returned week after week for more ‘Procuts’; Favorite new sunflower; Very exciting new crop; Best sunflower I’ve grown in a few years!; Nice color, nice height, not too tall; 2 weeks earlier than ‘Sunrich Orange’; Size flower head good; Nice flower size; Big, even consistent headed flower with a very crisp look, held heads up in spite of size, no doubt smaller stems would hurt this attribute, but if heads were smaller as well….
Stems too thick (2); Poor germination, bit raggety; The stems are too large (fat around) to use in mixed bouquets; I went on to purchase this seed and use it throughout the season, stems got progressively shorter and smaller, my cut this week of 10/10 is only 3 feet tall but customers are still buying it, we needed to put additional stems in the bunch though; Opens fast and turns sideways; Weak stems, floppy flower heads; Stalks were soft and got a brown rot B many plants fell over, would only grow in the field in the future; Stems too short; Slight problem with powder mildew.
Editor’s note: see separate postharvest article in this issue for more information.
|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||1-5||12-60||3-4||3-5||2-5||2-5||2-5||18-180||5-15|
(1) 1 to 5 scale, with 5 being the best. Market ratings are based on sales to wholesalers, retailers, or final consumers direct.
The Tithe Barn, Mundesley Rd.
Trunch, Norfolk HR28 0QB, England