Rudbeckia Fulgida ‘Goldsturm’ – (Coneflower)
This plant is a garden classic with handsome texture and upright habit. Bright gold to orange petals with an almost black cone highlight the garden in late summer. Each flower may last up to two weeks and it makes a wonderful and long lasting cut flower.
This plant has wonderful large golden yellow daisy-like flowers borne in profusion . The flowers have black centres and are produced in summer. It is a very good cut flower, having long sturdy stalks.
It is easily raised from seed and likes full sun though it will adapt quite happily to partial shade. It likes moist soil which is also well drained, but can tolerate some drought when it is firmly established, however, you will need to mulch it well.
Deadhead regularly to extend flowering and encourage further blooms (and if you do not wish the plant to self-seed).
Sow indoors late winter to autumn. Sow seed onto moist well-drained seed compost. Just cover with a fine layer of vermiculite. Propagate 18-20°C. Keep soil moist but not wet. Germination takes 10-15 days. If there is no germination in 3-4 weeks cold stratify ( put in vege compartment of fridge) at -4°C-+4°C for 4 weeks then return to warmth. Transplant seedlings when large enough to handle to 8cm pots. Grow on in cooler conditions. Acclimatise and plant out after danger of frost has passed with 45cm spacing.
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Coneflower, Coneflower Goldsturm
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