Zinnia Elegans ‘Sun Cherry’
Years Trialed: 2002
Great color (10); Large flowers (6); Flowers mostly double (5); Fast crop (3); Mix of color shades (2); Powdery mildew resistant (2); Good branching; Very strong stems; Full – adds different texture; Great production and good vase life; I had no problems with stems bending – Tall straight stems, easy to cut; Strong fast grower in the field in full sun in very hot conditions (Zone 10) – Great flower shape and form; Consumers loved them and they sold very well at our farm – Many comments on their beauty; The slight variation in pink among the blossoms was nice; Good stems, especially late in summer, excellent vase life, kept double flowers throughout season; Plant size good and full; Good quality flowers, produced for a long time; Vase life – 1 week or better; Nice form, no support needed; Keeps producing.
Powdery mildew (4); Different shades of pink (2); Quite a bit shorter than ‘Benary Giants’; Too short compared to other Zinnias in same planting; Very short stems on first cuts (plants were pinched at 4-6 inches) and very thick; Not as tall or thick stemmed as ‘Benary Blue Points’; If left in the field mature, they seemed to get dark spots on the flower and I don’t mean too mature either; Wholesale and retail florists are luke warm to all zinnia’s in my area – Relatively short vase life improved with Chrysal and keeping them out of the cooler – Late in the season problems appeared with mildew but not before a great crop was picked; A few singles; Japanese beetles was heavy late in season, otherwise no insect problem; Poor germination (40%); Not as big blooms as the ‘Sun Gold’ nor as prolific; Needed 3 cuts before 12 inch+ stems possible; No problems.
|Yield (stems/plant)||Stem Length (inches)||Market Appreciation Rating¹||Repeat Again Rating¹||Ease of Cultivation Rating¹||Average Spacing (in2)|
|Range of Responses||0-35||0-26||3-5||4-5||2-5||1-5||3-5||16-288|
¹1 to 5 scale, with 5 being the best. Market ratings are based on sales to wholesalers, retailers, or final consumers direct.
301 Natividad Rd.
Salinas, CA 93906