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Rudbeckia Hirta Moroccan Sun Mix

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Nonstop color from late June to first frost.

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The cheerful mix produces a nonstop show of glowing color in shades of orange, yellow and copper red from late June to first frost. Moroccan Sun makes a dazzling cut flower.
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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.

6-9

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.

18-20 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, 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
6-9
Sun
Full Sun
Height
18-20 inches
Spread
18-24 inches
Bloom Season
Fall, Summer
Resistant To
Deer, Drought
Ornamental Use
Beds, Borders, Cut Flowers
Planting Time
Spring
Genus
Rudbeckia
Life Cycle
Perennial
Rudbeckia Hirta Moroccan Sun Mix is rated 4.7 out of 5 by 3.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Perennials and annuals and biennials, oh my! The website lists this as a perennial, but the seed packet lists it as an annual. I asked Burpee about it, and they said it would likely behave as a biennial in zone 7. If it's super important to you to only have perennials in your garden, you should just make a note. :)
Date published: 2014-06-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wonderful variety of Rudbeckia After growing several other varieties of Rudbeckia over the years, I decided to give these a try. I had a prejudice against them because I didn't think Rudbeckia should have double blossoms. They turned out to be fantastically beautiful with varied richly colored blossoms and sizes out of one seed packet. They were a better plant than the single pedaled varieties I've tried. Some of the gold blossoms were huge. They also had strong stems but are tall and will flop as the season wears on. Still they lasted very well in the garden for Rudbeckia. We did have a very wet summer starting in June this year, and the temperatures were mild, peaking in the mid to high 80's. The wet conditions did not adversely affect them.
Date published: 2013-09-19
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Very nice, big blossoms Needs good watering, food, and sun. Rabbits an squirrels love to eat shoots. They look great
Date published: 2012-08-10
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