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Rudbeckia, Indian Summer

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Enormous single and semi-double golden blossoms 6-9" across.

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This All-America Selections winner with its huge blossoms and vigorous, uniform plants adds bold, eye-catching color to borders and beds. GARDEN HINTS: In mild climates, sow seeds outdoors 1/4" deep any time of the year.
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Sun The amount of sunlight this product needs daily in order to perform well in the garden. Full sun means 6 hours of direct sun per day; partial sun means 2-4 hours of direct sun per day; shade means little or no direct sun.

Full Sun

Height The typical height of this product at maturity.

36-42 inches

Spread The width of the plant at maturity.

12-16 inches

Ornamental Use Ways in which the product may be used in the garden for ornamental effect.

Beds, Borders, Container, Cut Flowers

Life Cycle This refers to whether a plant is an annual, biennial or perennial. Annuals complete their life cycles in one year; biennials produce foliage the first year and bloom and go to seed the second year; perennials can live for more than two years.

Annual

Sow Method This refers to whether the seed should be sown early indoors and the seedlings transplanted outside later, or if the seed should be sown directly in the garden at the recommended planting time.

Direct Sow/Indoor Sow

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  • Perennials

    Rudbeckias

    Rudbeckias
    Start Indoors Start Indoors Starting seeds indoors is called Indoor Sow or Indirect Sow and these dates are when to sow seeds indoors in the spring or summer
    Transplant Transplant When to transplant bulbs or roots in the garden for spring
    Start Outdoors Start Outdoors Starting seeds outdoors is called Outdoor Sow or Direct Sow and these dates are when to sow seeds outdoors in the spring or summer
    Start Indoors Fall Start Indoors Fall Starting seeds indoors in the fall called Indoor Sow or Indirect Sow and these dates are when to sow seeds outdoors in the fall
    Transplant Fall Transplant Fall Transplant Fall-When to transplant bulbs or roots in the garden for fall
    Start Outdoors Fall Start Outdoors Fall Starting seeds outdoors in the fall is called Outdoor Sow or Direct Sow and these dates are when to sow seeds outdoors in the fall
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  • Annuals

    Rudbeckias

    Rudbeckias
    Start Indoors Start Indoors Starting seeds indoors is called Indoor Sow or Indirect Sow and these dates are when to sow seeds indoors in the spring or summer
    Transplant Transplant When to transplant bulbs or roots in the garden for spring
    Start Outdoors Start Outdoors Starting seeds outdoors is called Outdoor Sow or Direct Sow and these dates are when to sow seeds outdoors in the spring or summer
    Start Indoors Fall Start Indoors Fall Starting seeds indoors in the fall called Indoor Sow or Indirect Sow and these dates are when to sow seeds outdoors in the fall
    Transplant Fall Transplant Fall Transplant Fall-When to transplant bulbs or roots in the garden for fall
    Start Outdoors Fall Start Outdoors Fall Starting seeds outdoors in the fall is called Outdoor Sow or Direct Sow and these dates are when to sow seeds outdoors in the fall
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How to Sow and Plant

Rudbeckia may be grown from seed sown early indoors or planted as a potted plant.

Sowing Seed Indoors:

  • Sow indoors 10 weeks before last spring frost using a seed starting kit
  • Sow seeds ¼ inch deep in seed-starting formula
  • Keep the soil moist at 70-75 degrees F
  • Seedlings emerge in approximately 21 days
  • As soon as seedlings emerge, provide plenty of light on a sunny windowsill or grow seedlings 3-4 inches beneath fluorescent plant lights turned on 16 hours per day, off for 8 hours at night. Raise the lights as the plants grow taller. Incandescent bulbs will not work for this process because they will get too hot. Most plants require a dark period to grow, do not leave lights on for 24 hours.
  • Seedlings do not need much fertilizer, feed when they are 3-4 weeks old using a starter solution (half strength of a complete indoor houseplant food) according to manufacturer’s directions.
  • If you are growing in small cells, you may need to transplant the seedlings to 3 or 4 inch pots when seedlings have at least 2 pairs of true leaves before transplanting to the garden so they have enough room to develop strong roots.
  • Before planting in the garden, seedling plants need to be “hardened off”. Accustom young plants to outdoor conditions by moving them to a sheltered place outside for a week. Be sure to protect them from wind and hot sun at first. If frost threatens at night, cover or bring containers indoors, then take them out again in the morning. This hardening off process toughens the plant’s cell structure and reduces transplant shock and scalding.

Sowing Directly in the Garden:

  • In mild climates, sow seeds outdoors at any time of the year.
  • Remove weeds and work organic matter into the top 6-8 inches of soil; then level and smooth.
  • Sow seeds evenly and cover with ¼ inches of fine soil.
  • Firm the soil lightly and keep it evenly moist.
  • Seedlings will emerge in about 21 days.

Planting in the Garden:

  • Select a location in full sun with good rich moist organic soil.
  • Prepare the bed by turning the soil under to a depth of 6-12, inches removing any debris, and lightly raking as level as possible.
  • The addition of organic matter (leaf mold, compost, well-rotted manure) benefits all gardens and is essential in recently constructed neighborhoods.
  • Plant on a cloudy day or in late afternoon to reduce transplant shock.
  • Dig a hole for each plant large enough to amply accommodate the root ball.
  • Unpot the plant and gently loosen the root ball with your hands to encourage good root growth.
  • Place the top of the root ball even with the level of the surrounding soil. Fill with soil to the top of the root ball. Press soil down firmly with your hand.
  • Use the plant tag as a location marker.
  • Thoroughly water and apply a light mulch layer on top of the soil (1-2 inches) to conserve water and reduce weeds.
  • Keep weeds under control during the growing season. Weeds compete with plants for water, space and nutrients, so control them by either cultivating often or use a mulch to prevent their germination.
  • Mulches also help retain soil moisture and maintain even soil temperatures. For annuals an organic mulch of shredded leaves lends a natural look to the bed and will improve the soil as it breaks down in time. Always keep mulches off a plant’s stems to prevent possible rot.
  • After new growth appears, a light fertilizer may be applied. Keep granular fertilizers away from the plant crown and foliage to avoid burn injury. Use low rates of a slow release fertilizer as higher rates may encourage root rots. Do not over fertilize as gaillardias prefer poor, sandy soils.
  • Monitor for pests and diseases. Check with your local Cooperative Extension Service for pest controls recommended for your area.
  • Deadhead plants for continuous bloom.
  • Try planting rudbeckia in masses for a striking landscape feature.
  • Rudbeckia makes an excellent, long lasting cut flower. Pick when flowers are fully open.
  • Plants are great for a pollinator garden.
Sun
Full Sun
Height
36-42 inches
Spread
12-16 inches
Ornamental Use
Beds, Borders, Container, Cut Flowers
Life Cycle
Annual
Sow Method
Direct Sow/Indoor Sow
Flowering
Yes
Bloom Duration
12 weeks
Flower color
Gold, Yellow
Rudbeckia, Indian Summer is rated 5.0 out of 5 by 8.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Tough & Lovely Winner! I started these under lights in early Spring. I had excellent germination. I moved them into a greenhouse and had them in flats on the ground level. During the night, evil baby rabbits got in and gobbled every single one down to the stem. Some managed to grow back. The remainder (I had up higher) were transplanted and most of these were also eaten down to the ground by rabbits. (Rudbeckia is crack candy to rabbits apparently.) After that I was reluctant to plant the few I had left. They suffered in tiny pots for way too long. I did plant them eventually. The survivors are now sturdy and blooming in their first August. GORGEOUS! These rival anything you will find in named cultivar Rudbeckia plants from any nursery. FAR superior to the old fashioned Rudbeckia-- with a neater habit, deeper color, and lovely bloom. They resemble a sturdy little sunflower. HIGHLY recommend this one. I hope it survives our brutal winters. One TOUGH but lovely little flower.
Date published: 2017-08-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great colors & height I started about 100 rudbeckia seeds indoors about 4 weeks before last frost. At the same time I started about 100 snapdragon seeds. I hardened the seedlings outdoors after last frost. I planted all 200 seedlings into a full-sun area about 10' x 10'. The snapdragons have bloomed heavily over the past six weeks. Now the rudbeckia is in full bloom. The colors between the two plants are remarkable. All of the plants are 3'- 4' high on sturdy stems; wind does not seem to bother them. The bees are loving it. I have not been able to ascertain whether the bees prefer snapdragons or rudbeckia. :)
Date published: 2017-07-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Favorite flower! Start them in my greenhouse and have a 90' row plus I give lots of plants away as gifts.
Date published: 2017-07-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love the color I grew these from seed with a great germination rate. They are now large plants with large blooms that are providing extraordinary color to our gardens.
Date published: 2017-07-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Next year, I'm going to plant even more! I bought these with high hopes but had difficultly germinating. It's harder because I live in Alaska. Anyway, my last ditch effort was to plant my very last transplant attempts. I thought by memorial day (transplanted mid may) that they died to. Two weeks later they just sprung to life. Finally by August I had a few blooms. Now by mid August I have tons of blooms. Everyone loves my flowers! They're attracting bees so well I plan on planting these around my pumpkin and watermelon patches next year to influence pollination. I will by these year after year! Beautiful!!
Date published: 2016-08-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Beautiful blooms all summer long! I planted this by seed in the vegetable garden next to my lavender and it gave me beautiful blooms all summer long!
Date published: 2016-04-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Many new Rudbeckia varieties have been introduced to the gardening public in the last few years. Former AAS winner, 'Indian Summer" continues to be a superlative performer. Abundant large blooms are produced on self-supporting, healthy, vigorous, weather-tolerant plants. Treat yourself to a garden gem and plant 'Indian Summer'.
Date published: 2011-01-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Awesome Flower! The flowers are huge and longlasting! Some plants return the next year and bloom again.
Date published: 2010-01-09
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