Care of Black Eyed Susan - Knowledgebase Question

Philadelphia, PA
Question by medseckids
August 25, 1998
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 from NGA
August 25, 1998


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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