How to Plant Black Eyed Susan Seeds


If you're looking for an easy-to-grow summer flower to add some cheerful color to the garden, consider the black-eyed Susan. With yellow, daisy-like flowers and a big, black center, the black-eyed Susan is a biennial plant, meaning that in its first year it grows foliage and will produce the stunning flowers in its second year. Growing black-eyed Susan from seed is easy and, because it is a wildflower, taking care of it is a snap. Begin preparing your seed in the winter.

Step 1

Moisten a handful of sand and push the black-eyed Susan seeds into it until they are completely enclosed in the sand. Place the ball of sand into the plastic bag, seal it and place it in the refrigerator for three months.

Step 2

Loosen the topsoil in the outdoor planting area with a rake.

Step 3

Remove the black-eyed Susan seeds from the bag and scatter them across the surface of the soil. Cover the seeds with a half-inch of soil.

Step 4

Water the soil with a fine mist to avoid washing the seeds away. Keep the soil moist until the seeds germinate and sprout, which should occur within one to two weeks. ‭

Things You'll Need

  • Black-eyed Susan seeds
  • Sand
  • Plastic bag
  • Rake


  • University of Texas at Austin: Rudbeckia Hirta L
  • ‭"‬California Master Gardener Handbook";‭ ‬Dennis R.‭ ‬Pittenger‭; ‬2002
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