Rudbeckia fulgida var. deamii (Deam’s Orange Coneflower) [20 Seeds]
Germination Information: I recommend these seeds for experienced seed-starters only, because they may require some patience. The easiest approach is to surface-sow (do not cover) the seeds in fall to mid-winter, setting them outdoors in a spot protected from mice so they can get a chilling period and then germinate when conditions are right in spring.
If you sow after February, set the pot in a plastic bag in your refrigerator for about 2 months before moving it to a warm, bright place for germination. (Remove the bag if the pot will be exposed to any direct sun.)
It is possible that these seeds could germinate if you sow them in warm, moist, bright conditions. But if you try that and no seedlings appear within 3 weeks or so, then try the refrigerator-chilling approach above before moving them back to warmth and light.
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If you’re looking for something a bit different from the widely planted Rudbeckia fulgida var. sullivantii ‘Goldsturm’, consider giving this variety a try. Its flowers are about the same size, but Rudbeckia fulgida var. deamii starts flowering several weeks later than ‘Goldsturm’, providing a splash of welcome color in late summer and early fall (late July to early September in my southeastern Pennsylvania garden). The branching stems usually reach 2 to 3 feet tall, with an abundance of dark-centered golden blooms that attract butterflies, and the long-lasting seedheads supply a wealth of seeds for birds as well as plenty of self-sown seedlings. Full sun to light shade. Perennial; Zones 4 to 9.
Collected in October 2021. At least 20 seeds.
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