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Black-Eyed Susans

Rudebeckia hirta. An easy-to-grow garden favorite, Black-Eyed Susans have graced display beds and cutting gardens forever. Our special varieties are quite productive, strong-branching and uniform, yielding a profusion of large flowers that are 6" to 9" across. For reliable first year blooms, start them indoors 8 weeks before the last frost date and transplant out. Bee friendly. Deer resistant. Perennial. Hardiness zone: 3-7. Summer flowering. Height: 2' to 3'.

Average seed life: 1 to 2 years.

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Black-Eyed Susan Sowing Instructions
Planting Depth
:1/4”
Seed Spacing:1”
Plant Spacing:12”-24”
Days to Germination:5-10 days
Germination Temperature:70°-75°F

Rudbeckia hirta. This perennial favorite prefers to be started indoors and transplanted out. Eight weeks prior to the last hard frost, sow seeds 1" apart in a good seed-starting medium at 70° to 75°F. Cover lightly and provide even moisture, strong light and good ventilation. Once established, transplant the strongest seedlings to deeper individual pots for superior root development. When the plants are 4" tall, acclimate the seedlings by gradually exposing them to outdoor conditions for 1 to 2 weeks. After the threat of a hard frost has passed, transplant out into well-draining, loamy soil in full to filtered sunlight. Space plants 12" to 24" apart in the garden. If started early enough in the spring, this popular cut flower may bloom the first year. Summer flowering. Height: 2' to 3'.

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