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Plant Care Instructions By Steve Brigham

As in other climate zones, Rudbeckias generally perform well in coastal Southern California, but may not be as vigorous in areas with cool, foggy summers. Give them a sunny spot in the garden, and water and fertilize regularly for best results.

Is Indoor Plant?

No

These month by month plant care tasks are for plants in the following zones :
Sunset Zones : 23, 24
USDA Zones :
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Plant Care Instruction

  • Scroll down or click on any month for plant care instructions
    • January
    • February
    • March
    • April
    • May
    • June
    • July
    • August
    • September
    • October
    • November
    • December
    January
    1. Buy

    Buy plants in nurseries or by mail any time they are available.
    2. Plant

    Plant from containers any time.
    3. Water

    Water regularly during dry periods.
    4. Pest/Disease Inspection

    Check for snails and slugs.
    5. Treat for Pest/Disease

    Remove or treat for snails and slugs if they are a problem.
    February
    1. Buy

    Buy plants in nurseries or by mail any time they are available.
    2. Plant

    Plant from containers any time.
    3. Sow Seeds

    Sow seeds of annual types in late winter and early spring. Seed may be sown directly in the ground.
    4. Water

    Water regularly during dry periods.
    5. Prune

    Cut back and clean up established plants to promote new spring growth.
    6. Pest/Disease Inspection

    Check for snails and slugs.
    7. Treat for Pest/Disease

    Remove or treat for snails and slugs if they are a problem.
    8. Transplant

    If desired, divide and transplant mature clumps in late winter and early spring.
    March
    1. Buy

    Buy plants in nurseries or by mail any time they are available.
    2. Plant

    Plant from containers any time.
    3. Sow Seeds

    Sow seeds of annual types in late winter and early spring. Seed may be sown directly in the ground.
    4. Fertilize

    Fertilize regularly during the growing season for maximum growth and bloom.
    5. Water

    Water regularly during dry periods.
    6. Prune

    Cut back and clean up established plants to promote new spring growth.
    7. Mulch

    Mulch to conserve water use.
    8. Pest/Disease Inspection

    Check for snails and slugs.
    9. Treat for Pest/Disease

    Remove or treat for snails and slugs if they are a problem.
    10. Transplant

    If desired, divide and transplant mature clumps in late winter and early spring.
    April
    1. Buy

    Buy plants in nurseries or by mail any time they are available.
    2. Plant

    Plant from containers any time.
    3. Sow Seeds

    Sow seeds of annual types in late winter and early spring. Seed may be sown directly in the ground.
    4. Fertilize

    Fertilize regularly during the growing season for maximum growth and bloom.
    5. Water

    Water regularly during dry periods.
    6. Pest/Disease Inspection

    Check for snails and slugs.
    7. Treat for Pest/Disease

    Remove or treat for snails and slugs if they are a problem.
    8. Transplant

    If desired, divide and transplant mature clumps in late winter and early spring.
    9. Propagate

    Many perennial rudbeckias may be propagated by softwood cuttings taken from new spring growth.
    May
    1. Buy

    Buy plants in nurseries or by mail any time they are available.
    2. Plant

    Plant from containers any time.
    3. Fertilize

    Fertilize regularly during the growing season for maximum growth and bloom.
    4. Water

    Water regularly during dry periods.
    5. Pest/Disease Inspection

    Check for snails and slugs.
    6. Treat for Pest/Disease

    Remove or treat for snails and slugs if they are a problem.
    7. Propagate

    Many perennial rudbeckias may be propagated by softwood cuttings taken from new spring growth.
    June
    1. Buy

    Buy plants in nurseries or by mail any time they are available.
    2. Plant

    Plant from containers any time.
    3. Fertilize

    Fertilize regularly during the growing season for maximum growth and bloom.
    4. Water

    Water regularly during dry periods.
    5. Prune

    Cut flowers for bouquets and deadhead spent flowers to promote continued bloom.
    6. Mulch

    Mulch to conserve water use.
    7. Pest/Disease Inspection

    Check for snails and slugs.
    8. Treat for Pest/Disease

    Remove or treat for snails and slugs if they are a problem.
    9. Propagate

    Many perennial rudbeckias may be propagated by softwood cuttings taken from new spring growth.
    July
    1. Buy

    Buy plants in nurseries or by mail any time they are available.
    2. Plant

    Plant from containers any time.
    3. Fertilize

    Fertilize regularly during the growing season for maximum growth and bloom.
    4. Water

    Water regularly during dry periods.
    5. Prune

    Cut flowers for bouquets and deadhead spent flowers to promote continued bloom.
    6. Pest/Disease Inspection

    Check for snails and slugs.
    7. Treat for Pest/Disease

    Remove or treat for snails and slugs if they are a problem.
    August
    1. Buy

    Buy plants in nurseries or by mail any time they are available.
    2. Plant

    Plant from containers any time.
    3. Fertilize

    Fertilize regularly during the growing season for maximum growth and bloom.
    4. Water

    Water regularly during dry periods.
    5. Prune

    Cut flowers for bouquets and deadhead spent flowers to promote continued bloom.
    6. Pest/Disease Inspection

    Check for snails and slugs.
    7. Treat for Pest/Disease

    Remove or treat for snails and slugs if they are a problem.
    September
    1. Buy

    Buy plants in nurseries or by mail any time they are available.
    2. Plant

    Plant from containers any time.
    3. Fertilize

    Fertilize regularly during the growing season for maximum growth and bloom.
    4. Water

    Water regularly during dry periods.
    5. Prune

    Cut flowers for bouquets and deadhead spent flowers to promote continued bloom.
    6. Mulch

    Mulch to conserve water use.
    7. Pest/Disease Inspection

    Check for snails and slugs.
    8. Treat for Pest/Disease

    Remove or treat for snails and slugs if they are a problem.
    October
    1. Buy

    Buy plants in nurseries or by mail any time they are available.
    2. Plant

    Plant from containers any time.
    3. Fertilize

    Fertilize regularly during the growing season for maximum growth and bloom.
    4. Water

    Water regularly during dry periods.
    5. Pest/Disease Inspection

    Check for snails and slugs.
    6. Treat for Pest/Disease

    Remove or treat for snails and slugs if they are a problem.
    November
    1. Buy

    v Buy plants in nurseries or by mail any time they are available.
    2. Plant

    Plant from containers any time.
    3. Water

    Water regularly during dry periods.
    4. Pest/Disease Inspection

    Check for snails and slugs.
    5. Treat for Pest/Disease

    Remove or treat for snails and slugs if they are a problem.
    December
    1. Buy

    Buy plants in nurseries or by mail any time they are available.
    2. Plant

    Plant from containers any time.
    3. Water

    Water regularly during dry periods.
    4. Pest/Disease Inspection

    Check for snails and slugs.
    5. Treat for Pest/Disease

    Remove or treat for snails and slugs if they are a problem.
  • Buy

    When's the best time to buy this plant? When can you buy these from seed (if you can)? When is it usually available? What are things to look for when you're buying it? Or anything other tidbit of information you can share!

    January

    Buy plants in nurseries or by mail any time they are available.

    February

    Buy plants in nurseries or by mail any time they are available.

    March

    Buy plants in nurseries or by mail any time they are available.

    April

    Buy plants in nurseries or by mail any time they are available.

    May

    Buy plants in nurseries or by mail any time they are available.

    June

    Buy plants in nurseries or by mail any time they are available.

    July

    Buy plants in nurseries or by mail any time they are available.

    August

    Buy plants in nurseries or by mail any time they are available.

    September

    Buy plants in nurseries or by mail any time they are available.

    October

    Buy plants in nurseries or by mail any time they are available.

    November

    v
    Buy plants in nurseries or by mail any time they are available.

    December

    Buy plants in nurseries or by mail any time they are available.

    Plant

    When's a good time to plant this plant or bulb? Any special planting instructions?

    January

    Plant from containers any time.

    February

    Plant from containers any time.

    March

    Plant from containers any time.

    April

    Plant from containers any time.

    May

    Plant from containers any time.

    June

    Plant from containers any time.

    July

    Plant from containers any time.

    August

    Plant from containers any time.

    September

    Plant from containers any time.

    October

    Plant from containers any time.

    November

    Plant from containers any time.

    December

    Plant from containers any time.

    Sow Seeds

    When can you plant these seeds? When's the best time? Can you start them indoors and move them out? Do they have any special requirements?

    February

    Sow seeds of annual types in late winter and early spring. Seed may be sown directly in the ground.

    March

    Sow seeds of annual types in late winter and early spring. Seed may be sown directly in the ground.

    April

    Sow seeds of annual types in late winter and early spring. Seed may be sown directly in the ground.

    Fertilize

    When should you fertilize this plant? Which kind of fertilizer do you recommend? Should you use different fertilizers at different times of year?

    March

    Fertilize regularly during the growing season for maximum growth and bloom.

    April

    Fertilize regularly during the growing season for maximum growth and bloom.

    May

    Fertilize regularly during the growing season for maximum growth and bloom.

    June

    Fertilize regularly during the growing season for maximum growth and bloom.

    July

    Fertilize regularly during the growing season for maximum growth and bloom.

    August

    Fertilize regularly during the growing season for maximum growth and bloom.

    September

    Fertilize regularly during the growing season for maximum growth and bloom.

    October

    Fertilize regularly during the growing season for maximum growth and bloom.

    Water

    Is there a time to reduce or increase watering? Any special requirements? Things to avoid during certain times of the year?

    January

    Water regularly during dry periods.

    February

    Water regularly during dry periods.

    March

    Water regularly during dry periods.

    April

    Water regularly during dry periods.

    May

    Water regularly during dry periods.

    June

    Water regularly during dry periods.

    July

    Water regularly during dry periods.

    August

    Water regularly during dry periods.

    September

    Water regularly during dry periods.

    October

    Water regularly during dry periods.

    November

    Water regularly during dry periods.

    December

    Water regularly during dry periods.

    Prune

    When's a good time to prune this plant? How about deadheading, pinching back, trimming or any other grooming? Any special requirements?

    February

    Cut back and clean up established plants to promote new spring growth.

    March

    Cut back and clean up established plants to promote new spring growth.

    June

    Cut flowers for bouquets and deadhead spent flowers to promote continued bloom.

    July

    Cut flowers for bouquets and deadhead spent flowers to promote continued bloom.

    August

    Cut flowers for bouquets and deadhead spent flowers to promote continued bloom.

    September

    Cut flowers for bouquets and deadhead spent flowers to promote continued bloom.

    Mulch

    Does this plant need to be mulched? Are there specific types of Mulch which are better for this plant? How much?

    March

    Mulch to conserve water use.

    June

    Mulch to conserve water use.

    September

    Mulch to conserve water use.

    Pest/Disease Inspection

    What are the common problems this plant will face and when should you look for them to appear?

    January

    Check for snails and slugs.

    February

    Check for snails and slugs.

    March

    Check for snails and slugs.

    April

    Check for snails and slugs.

    May

    Check for snails and slugs.

    June

    Check for snails and slugs.

    July

    Check for snails and slugs.

    August

    Check for snails and slugs.

    September

    Check for snails and slugs.

    October

    Check for snails and slugs.

    November

    Check for snails and slugs.

    December

    Check for snails and slugs.

    Treat for Pest/Disease

    How do you treat the common problems for this plant? What products or concoctions or natural means do you use? Any special requirements?

    January

    Remove or treat for snails and slugs if they are a problem.

    February

    Remove or treat for snails and slugs if they are a problem.

    March

    Remove or treat for snails and slugs if they are a problem.

    April

    Remove or treat for snails and slugs if they are a problem.

    May

    Remove or treat for snails and slugs if they are a problem.

    June

    Remove or treat for snails and slugs if they are a problem.

    July

    Remove or treat for snails and slugs if they are a problem.

    August

    Remove or treat for snails and slugs if they are a problem.

    September

    Remove or treat for snails and slugs if they are a problem.

    October

    Remove or treat for snails and slugs if they are a problem.

    November

    Remove or treat for snails and slugs if they are a problem.

    December

    Remove or treat for snails and slugs if they are a problem.

    Transplant

    When's the best time to dig up and transplant this from one spot to another? (This is different than planting). Any special requirements?

    February

    If desired, divide and transplant mature clumps in late winter and early spring.

    March

    If desired, divide and transplant mature clumps in late winter and early spring.

    April

    If desired, divide and transplant mature clumps in late winter and early spring.

    Propagate

    When's a good time to divide, take cuttings, layer or propagate this plant. Any special requirements?

    April

    Many perennial rudbeckias may be propagated by softwood cuttings taken from new spring growth.

    May

    Many perennial rudbeckias may be propagated by softwood cuttings taken from new spring growth.

    June

    Many perennial rudbeckias may be propagated by softwood cuttings taken from new spring growth.

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