Rudbeckia hirta ‘Sahara Mix’
‘Technically a Half Hardy Tender Perennial’ we grow Rudbeckia hirta ‘Sahara Mix’ from an early Spring sowing.
Once germinated I tend to treat as you would ‘Zinnia’s’ and give plenty of warmth and avoid over watering.
Rudbeckia hirta ‘Sahara Mix’ requires long days to initiate flowering and dramatic displays are seen from July until September.
This mix contains the most beautiful range for flowers in shades of Mahogany, Gold, Chocolate and Buff (see my picture gallery). There is nothing else quite like it.
Compact in stature, plants are amazing grown in pots, in the flower border as well as a cut flower (albeit shorter than some other cut flowers). Growing in the polytunnel gives them a bit more height as well as extending the flowering period.
If sown too late you may miss blooming, however mature plants are more cold tolerant and can successfully over wintered in a greenhouse for robust plants flowering the following year.
How to grow:
Frost tender I sow in early Spring. Seed requires light to germinate so do not cover. For more detailed growing instructions join our ‘Grow Along’ on Instagram
Variety: Rudbeckia hirta
Type: Half Hardy Annual
Position: Full sun
Germination: Up to 30 days
Pinching: Not required
Plant: 22cm apart
Harvest: July onwards
Seeds per packet: 50 (approx. counted by weight)
Cutting /Vase Life:
Pick as soon as flowers begin to open and rest stems in a bucket of water for a few hours (preferably overnight), this is called conditioning.