Tips For Growing Black Eyed Susans - Knowledgebase Question

Catonsville, MD
Question by elk9
January 2, 1998
Please forward advice on how to grow black-eyed susans-- Maryland's state flower (i.e. type of soil needed, sun exposure requirements, time of year to plant) and any other hints you think might be helpful!


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Answer from NGA
January 2, 1998

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The good thing about state flowers is they tend to grow well in your state (usually that is, my Rhododendrons don't seem to know they are in WV!) Black Eyed Susan is a fairly low maintenance prairie flower that demands very little. You do need to place them in a spot with good drainage, they do not appreciate "wet feet". Plant seeds in the spring; you can plant purchased potted plants anytime. They grow best in a sunny location, the soil need not be particularly fertile or moist. That is to say, you don't need to do a whole lot of soil amendment and constant watering (you will probably only need to supplement regular rainfall during particularly dry periods). If you do a lot of enriching with organic material you may get more Black Eyed Susan than you bargained for...they will spread/re-seed rampantly in fertile conditions - but then again, is that such a bad thing?

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