How to Grow Rudbeckia

This annual Rudbeckia is commonly known as Black Eyed Susan, but also answers to such folksy names as Brown Betty, Brown Daisy, Brown Eyed Susan, Golden Jerusalem, Poor-land Daisy, Yellow Daisy, and Yellow Ox-Eye Daisy. This wonderful, fun flower comes in so many shapes, sizes and colours. It is so easy to plant and grow Rudbeckia seeds. Follow these simple instructions.

Latin
Rudbeckia hirta
Family: Asteraceae

Difficulty
Easy

Season & Zone
Exposure: Full sun
Zone: 2-10

Timing
Sow indoors 6-8 weeks before last frost (early to mid-February on the coast), or direct sow about 2 weeks before last frost (middle of March on the Coast). If starting indoors, provide bright light and maintain a soil temperature of 21-25°C (70-75°F). Expect germination in 5-21 days.

Starting
Sow seeds on the surface of the soil. Thin or transplant to stand 30cm (12″) apart. In hot summers, some afternoon shade is appreciated.

Growing
Top dress with a thin layer of well rotted manure once a year. Keep watered in hot weather, and deadhead regularly. Plants may self-sow, which should be encouraged.

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