Rudbeckia, 'Autumn Sunset'
(Rudbeckia hirta) Brian had wanted to grow Rudbeckias for the longest time and I kept poo-pooing them. For some reason, that I now cannot even recall, I had decided with a steadfast determination that they were unremarkable and thereby unnecessary. So wrong. And stubborn. I’m so glad I've been proven wrong! As with our other Rudbeckia, Prairie Sun, I love them! They are cheerful, bright, long-lasting in the garden and vase and keep on blooming and blooming through light frosts. This particular variety is 2-3’ tall and stunningly covered with long stems ranging from single (rarely) to double to almost mum like density 3-5” blooms in hues of gold, chocolate, burnt orange, bright yellow, mustard, and bicolors. While known to be a tender perennial in zones 9-10, they are certainly easy enough to start from seed year after year. Enjoy them!
100-120 days. UO
Packet: 100 seeds
Product Code: RUD-AS-pkt
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Sow indoors 8-10 weeks before your last frost.
Transplant out after last frost.
Note: Deadhead to increase blooms.
Lightly cover as light aids in germination.
7-18 days @ soil temp 65-75F.
Average. Prefers well-drained, and evenly moist soil but is tolerant of many conditions.
Keep harvesting for continual cuttings. Best cutting quality before fall.
Drought, heat, and frost tolerant.
Cut stems when flowers are about 1/2 open and expect a vase life of a week to 10 days