Rudbeckia, a large, beautiful flower


Rudbeckia, whether perennial or annual, is a beautiful flower with summer blooming.

Key Rudbeckia facts

Name – Rudbeckia
Family Asteraceae
Type perennial or annual

12 to 32 inches (30 to 80 cm)
Exposure full sun

Soil: rich enough    Flowering: summer to early fall

Don’t be afraid of planting loads of them because their decorative impact is guaranteed and care is so easy. Its yellow color is unique in the garden!

Planting rudbeckia

Planting rudbeckiaFirst, the perennials: it is recommended to plant them in spring in a blend of soil mix and garden soil, with a distance of about 16 inches (40 cm) between plants.

For annuals, proceed to covered sowing during the month of March or sow directly in the plot starting in April.
In the first case, transplant to nursery pots in April and set in place during the month of May.

Propagating rudbeckia

Usually, gardeners multiply their rudbeckia by dividing the clump.

  • Propagating rudbeckiaPropagate perennial rudbeckia through crown division in fall or at the beginning of spring.
  • Divide the clump. This is beneficial to the plant when performed every 3 to 4 years, it tends to stimulate blooming in older specimens.

An alternative is keeping and sowing seeds:

  • Keep a few flowers for them to go to seed. Then, sow and plant as described above.

Pruning and caring for rudbeckia

To boost flower-bearing, remove wilted flowers regularly (deadheading).

In fall, it is possible to cut back the clump of perennials to let them keep a tight, dense bearing. They’ll burst back to life in the following spring even more, and anyhow don’t have much ornamental value during winter.

Rudbeckia has huge needs in water, especially in summer. Proper mulch will help avoid a good deal of watering chores since it helps retain moisture in the ground.

Learn more about rudbeckia

Whatever the configuration – hedge, bed or bouquet – the rudbeckia will enchant you with the beauty of its flowers.

Rudbeckia flowers, how to grow themWith a distinctive gold yellow color and quite a long lifespan, this plant, perennial or annual, will bring a magnificent touch of color to your garden, terrace or home indoors.

If you love butterflies and you wish to attract them to your garden, plant rudbeckia!

Lastly, if you prefer purple flowers, select the purple variety of rudbeckia called Echinacea purpurea.

Smart tip about Rudbeckia

This yellow daisy is easy to grow and doesn’t require any specific amendments.

Watering must be reduced to the barest: simply in case of hot weather and very dry air.

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