Helianthus ‘Sun4U Orange’
Year Trialed: 2008
Nice orange/gold color with dark brown center (7); Uniform size and maturity (4); A winner in my tests, big blooms on sturdy stems, held petals very well, long vase life, pollenless; Very uniform, cut all of each color in about 1 week; Easy to grow, large brown center with short petals, good stem size; Came into flower early – by July 4th, uniform, medium head – good for bouquet work, no petal drop, good branching with multiple usable stems on each plant; Attractive bloom with moderate length petals, some petals overlap; Large flower heads with large petals; Strong branching; All Sun4U were perfectly fine, single suns; Double row of petals, flowers 8 to 10 inches in diameter, rapid and strong germination; Standard orange sunflower; Sun4U Orange has nice clear orange petal with great customer appeal, an interesting feature of this cultivar is the smaller leaf under the flower, it makes for a very attractive display when bunched as the leaves are below the flower head, flowered earlier than the traditional sunflowers that I had planted at the same time; Early to flower, good plant height at harvest.
None (3); Stems collapsed in post harvest studies; Weight of flower heads caused top-heavy plants and breakage of stems, centers not always in the center of the bloom, large green collar of smaller leaves around base of flower, which we removed; Too attractive to plant pests, tarnish plant bugs and grasshoppers; I planted too far apart yielding very large heads I could not use in bouquets; 8.5 in flower head hard to use in arrangements; I wasn’t impressed with strength of stem or vaselife to grow again; Standard orange sunflower, similar to many.
Pro Cut series; ‘Galilee Adami’; ‘Sunrich Orange’; ‘Orange Glory’; The Sunrich series; ‘Pro Cut Orange’; Many.
Recut stems under water, use bleach and water solution; Remove leaves; Cut early and used Floralife; We only used plain water; We always cut our sunflowers into plain warm well water with a splash of bleach…works for us; Keep the vase solution clean.
|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||1-8||21-66||2-4||4-5||3-5||1-5||2-5||36-648||6-14|
(1) 1 to 5 scale, with 5 being the best. Market ratings are based on sales to wholesalers, retailers, or final consumers direct.
P.O. Box 618
Conway, WA 98238