Rudbeckia hirta ‘Sahara Mix’


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Rudbeckia hirta ‘Sahara Mix’

Rudbeckia hirta

Technically a Half Hardy Tender Perennial, grown as an annual, Rudbeckia hirta ‘Sahara Mix’ contains the most beautiful range for flowers, in varying shades of mahogany, gold, copper and chocolate. There really is nothing quite like it.

Heat and drought tolerant once established. They work amazingly well in containers or at the front of a border.

How to Grow:

Start seeds in mid-late February. Sow onto the surface of the compost. Seeds require light for germination, do not cover with soil.

Seeds benefit from a bit of warmth to trigger germination, 22-25°C is ideal.

Be careful not to overwater, Rudbeckia don’t like prolonged wet conditions and this can cause seedlings to rot.

I pot on into 9cm pots before planting out in June just, as gaps start to appear in the garden.

Rudbeckia will then go on to bloom right into Autumn, creating breath-taking displays.

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Variety: Rudbeckia hirta
Type: Hardy Tender Perennial’ grown as an annual
Position: Full sun
Sow: Spring
Space: 22cm apart, excellent in containers
Height: 50cm
Harvest: July onwards
Seeds per packet: 50 (approx. counted by weight)

Cutting /Vase Life:

Pick as soon as flowers begin to open, flowers last 7 days or more if you change the water regularly after arranging. You can also add a drop of bleach to the water to help keep it clear. Click for more detailed information on conditioning.