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Wednesday - April 18, 2007

From: Austin, TX
Region: Southwest
Topic: Wildflowers
Title: Planting time for black-eyed Susan (Rudbeckia hirta)
Answered by: Nan Hampton

QUESTION:

When is the best time to plant Black-eyed Susan seeds in Central Texas?

ANSWER:

For most wildflowers, fall or early winter is the best time to sow the seeds. Rudbeckia hirta (blackeyed Susan) is no exception, but it may still germinate and grow if planted in early spring. Mid-April might not be too late to sow and still get blooms later in the summer.

 

 

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