Rudbeckia hirta Cherry Brandy, Gloriosa Daisy Cherry Brandy: These annual coneflowers have an outstanding garden performance, producing a mass of attractive, cherry-colored blooms all summer long. Blooming from Dec to March, it produces a mass of spectacular cherry-colored blooms that are perfect for teaming with grasses to create the popular prairie look in your summer autumn borders. The prominent black cone centers provide a feast for the birds when the seed is ripe. Super hardy, this outstanding annual is an excellent cut flower. Enjoys full sun, and will tolerate heat and poor soils. Has a low water need and ideal to for planting in drifts in the herbaceous border. Makes a lovely pot specimen, but be sure you deadhead the flowers regularly to ensure an extended show. 60 cm H x 40 cm W.
Sow in late winter to late spring. Late August to early October . Rudbeckia seeds are best sown indoors in good quality seed raising mix. Just cover the seed with vermiculite and place in a propagator or warm place maintaining a temperature of 18 to 20°C. Keep moist but not wet at all times. Germination should occur between 10 to 15 days.
Transplant into 7.5 cm pots when seedlings have developed two proper leaves and are large enough to handle. Grow on and harden off gradually and plant out into permanent position when temperatures start to rise. Space 30-45 cm apart.
Late October to early December
Sow thinly, 3 mm deep in drills 30 cm apart in well-cultivated soil which has been raked to a fine tilth. Water ground regularly, especially in dry periods. When large enough to handle, thin out seedlings so that they are finally 30 to 45 cm apart.