How to Grow Black-Eyed-Susan

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Growing Black-Eyed-Susan involves full sun exposure, trimming down summer blossoms to create fall blooms and drying them out between waterings. Grow Black-Eyed-Susan with tips from a professional gardener in this free video on gardening. View Video Transcript

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Yolonda Vanveen

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Hi, this is Yolanda Vanveen, from vanveenbulbs.com. In this segment, we're going to learn all about Black Eyed Susans, or Rudbeckia. It's a beautiful plant in your garden. Black Eyed Susans are called Black Eyed Susans, because they have a black center, and they're a gorgeous yellow, almost a golden, golden color, and they're kind of like a daisy, or a chrysanthemum. They'll grow anywhere, that's a sunny spot. They really like full, hot sun, that's the key, and they are a bulb, in the fact that they go dormant in the winter, so they're just a root, so it's a big root ball, and so you can separate out the roots, and you can even make them into separate plants. As long as there's a root, and then there's a stem, you have a gorgeous plant, and they're easy to grow. I usually don't like to separate the mamas from the babies, until they're as big as the mamas, so this plant is not overtaking it's pot. It still only has a few stems, so I probably wouldn't separate it yet, when I'm planting it right now. I would just plant it, and then let it grow on its own. Another trick that I found with Black Eyed Susans, is in usually the early summer, you get a round of blooms, and then they kind of look kind of spindly.They don't look that great, so when they don't look that great, I'll actually cut them down half way, or even lower, wherever it doesn't look great, and they'll grow up a whole other set of blooms for the fall, so a lot of years, I can get two sets of blooms that way, a summer set, and a fall set of blooms, and then when it starts freezing hard, they just die back to the ground, and I really don't worry about them. I just leave them in the ground. I don't dig them up, unless they're really crowded, then I just separate them out. As long as there's a stem and a root, they're ready to go. Full hot sun, and I just plant the roots about three inches deep, and I water them regularly, and kind of dry them out in between, but give them lots of water, in the heat of the summer, and they'll do really well. I love Black Eyed Susans. They're so colorful, and they're such to me, the perfect summer flower.