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Rudbeckia, Goldsturm

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Bright, bold and easy to grow!

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Goldsturm was the 1999 Perennial Plant Association's Plant of the Year! A simply magnificent hardy perennial for any full sun to partially shaded area. Once established, plants are virtually maintenance free. Bright golden-yellow petals surround dark brown centers. Plants grow 24-36" tall. Great for beds, borders or meadow areas. Prolific bloomers, Goldsturm produce ample flowers to grace both the garden and fresh arrangements.
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Zone This refers to the USDA hardiness zone assigned to each part of the country, based on the minimum winter temperature that a region typically experiences. Hardiness zone ranges are provided for all perennial plants and you should always choose plants that fall within your range.

3-8

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.

24-36 inches

Spread The width of the plant at maturity.

18-24 inches

Bloom Season The time of the year when this product normally blooms.

Fall, Summer

Resistant To Adverse garden conditions, such as heat or frost, deer or rabbits, that this product can tolerate well.

Deer, Drought

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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 date using a seed starting kit
  • Sow seeds 1/8 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 1/4 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 perennials, an organic mulch of aged bark or 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.
  • Careful watering is essential in getting perennials off to a good start. Water thoroughly at least once a week to help new roots grow down deeply. Soil should be damp at about 1 inch below the soil surface. You can check this by sticking your finger in the soil. Water early in the morning to give all leaves enough time to dry.  One inch of rain or watering per week is recommended for most perennial plants. You can check to see if you need to add water by using a rain gauge.
  • 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 such as Garden-tone, as higher rates may encourage root rots.
  • “Deadhead”, remove spent flower heads to encourage continuous flowering and prevent seed development.
  • In colder regions, apply another layer of mulch (1-2 inches) after the ground freezes in fall. Evergreen boughs (from Christmas trees) provide additional protection. Remove this mulch in the spring.
  • Divide when plants become overcrowded, bloom size begins to diminish or plants lose their vigor. Rudbeckia can be divided every 3-4 years in spring or fall four weeks before the ground freezes. Rudbeckia has spreading roots. Spreading root systems have many slender matted roots that originate from many locations with no distinct pattern. These can crowd out their own centers. They can usually can be pulled apart by hand, or cut apart with shears or knife. Replant one division where the plant was originally and plant the extra divisions elsewhere in your garden or give them away to gardening friends. Plant the divisions immediately, or as soon as possible, and water well
  • Many gardeners do not cut back perennial flower seed heads in the fall, but wait until early spring before the new foliage appears. This provides food for wildlife over the winter.
  • Rudbeckia makes an excellent, long lasting cut flower. Pick when flowers are fully open.
  • Plants are great for a pollinator garden.
Zone
3-8
Sun
Full Sun
Height
24-36 inches
Spread
18-24 inches
Bloom Season
Fall, Summer
Resistant To
Deer, Drought
Ornamental Use
Beds, Borders, Container, Cut Flowers
Planting Time
Fall, Spring
Genus
Rudbeckia
Life Cycle
Perennial
Rudbeckia, Goldsturm is rated 3.25 out of 5 by 8.
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Vigorous spreader Beware...This plant will take over if you ignore it (although it does brighten up any spot it is allowed to grow). I am still trying to rid my garden of this plant after having moved into a house with a well established garden full of these. Ugh
Date published: 2016-04-29
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Terrible Planted in burpee seed star kit over a month ago. 30 planted, 4 germinated. What a waste of time
Date published: 2016-03-17
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Review on Rudbeckia Goldsturm I received these as sure starts and they were beautiful and very well packaged. I also managed to germinate some seedlings. the picture you see on the internet is not what my plants looked like. They were squat and full of mold. I had them in all day full Texas sun, on a slope, properly spaced for air flow, no overhead watering, and still they came down with fungus. After much research I discovered that this is a issue with Goldsturm. Interestingly enough, wild Black Eyed Susans grow profusely from Northwest of Ft. Worth to Huntsville. If they had been in the back yard, I probably would have left them to limp along. However, they were planted at the front sidewalk for all the world to see, so out they came. I have read there are other Black Eyed Susans that have higher resistance to fungus. I may try another variety and see if they perform better in our climate.
Date published: 2015-08-06
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Beware! Very vigorous. Contain or site carefully.This plant is a VERY vigorous spreader that will overwhelm most everything planted near it except for maybe gooseneck loosestrife,another garden thug.I learned this the hard way and do not have this in my present garden, opting instead for better behaved Rudbeckias.They're out there.
Date published: 2015-04-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Healthy bedding plants I ordered Goldsturm from Burpee and another company. The ones from Burpee were large specimens and a lot healthier than from the other company. I will definitely be ordering from Burpee for more perennials in the future.
Date published: 2014-06-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Charming flower.... This has been a very easy, quick and hardy perennial to grow. I purchased mine as Sure Starts and they bloomed the first year. However, protect the very young plants from rabbits. They love to eat them. Once the plants got to about 6-8 in tall the rabits left them alone for the most part. They do self seed and my flowerbed will need dividing next spring- surely giving my neighbors some more of this sunny, wonderful flower. Excellent variety. Chicago Native
Date published: 2007-07-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from GoldSturm Earns a Gold Star ... This is a tremendous plant, and has become a standard in about all of my landscape designs. Just plant it , water it, and stand back and watch the Show , which becomes better every year .... Add this sweetie today ....
Date published: 2006-07-15
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Big Display for the Fall - and hardy as nails I grew some of these from seed five or six years ago (pretty easy). They bloomed the first year, and carried over really well. After three years they had spread out to an area a good three feet across, so I took a spade to the clumps and ended up with probably 12 of them. I gave some away and now everyone on my block has these blooming in sept. (zone 6b). Years back I planted ONE - mark that ONE - chameleon plant ground cover. Talk about agressive! I now have a part sun area a good 20 by 30 that comes back so dense they crowd out just about every thing. They even give roses a run for their money...Well this rudbeckia, hostas, and daylillies are some of the few plants that I have "inserted" into this mat that come back every year. Great plant! Its happy blooms take over after all the annuals are just about pooped out! If it gets out of hand after a while, hack it up and give some away! After they bloom, they leave really nice seed heads of a rich reddish brown and do have a tendancy to self seed.
Date published: 2006-02-18
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