Rudbeckia hirta ‘Toto Rustic’
TOTO RUSTIC CONEFLOWER
Spectacular Rudbeckia hirta ‘Toto Rustic’ has striking black cones, surrounded by deep red-mahogany petals with gold tips.
Unusual red-mahogany colours
And the flowers are large – up to 8cm. across, but covering a dwarf bush.
Covered with flowers for months
The large daisies are abundant all over summer and autumn.
And borne in such profusion that the dwarf bush is covered in colour for months.
While hairy blue-green, broad leaves make a beautiful colour contrast in a low foliage clump.
Flowers begin in early summer, and continue until the first frost of winter.
Great cut flowers
Rudbeckia hirta ‘Toto Rustic’ is also a superb floristry flower when cut for a vase.
As well as a star in the garden with it’s unusually rich colouring, and exceptionally long flowering season.
It also makes a spectacular feature pot, because of the constant, abundant long blooming, and dwarf, compact growth.
So it is always neat and tidy.
Bee & bird friendly
Our friends the bees, useful pollinators and native birds flock to the flowers.
While fortunately the plant is largely untroubled by harmful pests and diseases.
Even rabbits and deer leave it low on their list of menu choices.
Water-wise & easy to grow
Plant Rudbeckia hirta ‘Toto Rustic’ in Sun to Part Shade.
Where it is hardy in heat, dry & frost.
And obligingly it also tolerates a wide range of soils, including sandy or clay.
So Rudbeckia hirta is valued as a water-wise plant, and makes a spectacular addition to gardens where water is rationed or in pots.
It forms a delightfully coloured, long blooming, and low maintenance clump.
30cm. High absolutely covered with flowers x 30cm. Wide rounded bush.
Quick & easy to grow from seed
Rudbeckia hirta is a self sowing biennial.
So even though each plant only lasts for two years, it reliably self sows a new crop of babies and a procession of flowers each year. Providing you leave some flower heads to go to seed each year.
SEED SOWING ADVICE: QUICK & EASY
Suitable for beginners and kids
Sow at any time of year in punnets indoors / or scatter the seed directly in the garden spring or autumn.
INDOORS: Sow in punnets on surface of good quality seed raising mix.
Then gently press the seeds onto the surface of the mix to ensure good contact.
Now barely cover seed, because light is needed for germination.
Now thoroughly moisten the mix from below by placing the sown punnet into a water bath, so the moisture percolates up through the mix from the bottom.
Soak for a short time until moisture appears on the surface of the mix, and then drain.
As the mix needs to be remain moist but not wet.
Then place the punnet in a warm, well-lit position (not in direct sun).
Temperatures of 18-21°C approx. are best for rapid and optimum germination.
You can use a temperature controlled heat mat if you have one, but it is not essential.
And continue to keep the punnet moist by using a spray water bottle, or re-soaking in the water bath, as required.
Adding a clear plastic cover also helps to retain moisture.
Seedlings emerge in approx. 10-15 days.
SEED COUNT: 8 seeds per pack approx.
(We always aim to exceed the stated seed count, and give a generous serve).
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