The Q&A Archives: Care of Black Eyed Susan

Question: At the end of the season, what should I do with my black eyed susans to ensure their return next year? Do they need to be cut back or just let them die off? Will the plant multiply next year?

Answer: Black-eyed Susans are a low-maintenance perennial, so you need not cut them back. Regular deadheading during the growing season will encourage steady bloom. They will appreciate a top-dressing in spring with rich compost, and will respond with increased growth. In general, they do best when divided every 3-4 years. Enjoy!

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