Rudbeckia Fulgida Goldsturm brightens many gardens in temperate regions during autumn.
Its bright colored flowers seem to make summer stay a little longer. It makes early autumn happier and improves the looks of any garden.
Rudbeckia Goldsturm Characteristics
This flower is also known as Black Eyed Susan is eye-catching and it blooms in late summer or early autumn. It has golden daisies that bloom for several weeks (until the first frost). It is attractive to butterflies and it produces a lot of seeds that keep birds in winter fed and happy.
Rudbeckia is a drought tolerating plant and it prefers clay soil. If you are living in a moderately dry area this plant will be a perfect addition to your garden.
It is a perennial plant and it grows quite large. It reaches 24 inches when adult and it has a normal width of about 20 inches. It is perfect to be used as a background flower, with other shorter types in front of her.
Planting and Pruning Rudbeckia Fulgida
Rudbeckia can be planted in most soils, but it prefers clay rich ones. To assure a full bloom, plant it in a full sunshine area.
Before planting it, be sure to mulch the rots with ordinary mulching materials. This action is not needed if you are living in a very humid climate. If you are using seeds, then plant them when the soil temperature is over 70 degrees F.
The seeds should be planted in moist soil between March and May. The germination period is between 7 to 30 days, depending on the weather.
During the first growing season it needs irrigation. It is enough to water it well once a week. Rainfall can be sufficient if you are living on the East Coast.
Be sure to deadhead the plant in order to assure a continuous blooming period. In late autumn make sure that you leave some blooms to mature in order to gather seeds for the next season.
You can leave the plant with seed heads over winter. In spring cur back hard and the plant will shoot new healthy branches. Also, the seeds will fall on the ground and develop new plants.
Rudbeckia Fulgida is a low maintenance plant that provides very beautiful blooms. It is recommended for beginner gardeners. It is deer resistant and rabbit resistant.
It does not have a lot of diseases and usually a simple trip to your local gardening store should be enough to get the things needed to keep the plant in shape. It is prone to powdery mildew fungi and it is best to act with a preventive antifungal program.