Rudbeckias! One of my close friends used to call this flower “Rude Becky”. However, I certainly can’t find anything rude about this beautiful flower. As with many perennial flowers, winter sowing rudbeckia is crazy easy. Like, so easy. I’m not kidding.
I absolutely love these gorgeous blooms. Even though most people may immediately think of black eye susan wildflowers, there are also numerous “fancier” versions of this flower that can be grown for use in the flower border or the cut flower garden. Rudbeckia triloba and the cultivar ‘Prairie Sun’ are among some of my personal favorites.
Before I started using the winter sowing method, I was under the impression that seeds had to be started indoors. I’m so happy to tell you that this is simply not the case. You can literally start hundreds, if not thousands, of seedlings without buying a grow light – just buy the seeds.
I begin the process of winter sowing rudbeckia in January, though you can wait a little later if you would like. Rudbeckia seeds are pretty tiny, so they do well in the controlled environment of the winter sowing method. They’ll begin to germinate when the time is right, and continue to grow throughout the spring. You can transplant the seeds into the garden whenever you feel that they’re large enough. I usually wait until summer to do this, so that the plants are large enough to battle any weeds that are trying to take over.
When winter sown early, I can expect a profusion of blooms in the same summer. Fantastic! I always love when I can get a lot of flowering plants for a low cost – and rudbeckias can make a huge visual impact. I would love to hear all about your experiences growing rudbeckia in the comments below!