Latin Name – Rudbeckia Hirta
Sowing Instructions – Sow indoors for surest results, February-April, 0.5cm (¼”) deep, in trays of compost. Water well and place in a warm position. A temperature of 15-20°C (60-68°F) is ideal. Keep moist. Seedlings usually appear in 14-21 days. Transplant them, 5cm (2″) apart, to other trays when large enough to handle. Always hold by a leaf, never by the stem. Grow on in cooler, but not cold conditions. Gradually accustom young plants to outside conditions (avoid frosts), before planting out into well-drained soil, May-June, 30cm (12″) apart, when frosts are over. Or, sow outdoors for ease, April-May, where they are to flower, 1.5cm (½”) deep, directly into finely-prepared, well-drained soil, which has already been watered. Thin seedlings as required. Water well until plants are established. Flowers: July to October.
Hints and Tips – Ideal for beds, borders and patio containers. Attractive to butterflies. Drought resistant. Prefers full sun or partial shade. Seeds selected by the RSPB to attract wildlife. Large shimmering blooms and very weather-tolerant flowers. Versatile plants for large pots, borders or as a good cutflower.