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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.

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These month by month plant care tasks are for plants in the following zones :
Sunset Zones : 23, 24
USDA Zones :
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  • Jan
  • Feb
  • Mar
  • Apr
  • May
  • Jun
  • Jul
  • Aug
  • Sep
  • Oct
  • Nov
  • Dec
  • January
    • Buy

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

    • Plant

        Plant from containers any time.

    • Water

        Water regularly during dry periods.

    • Pest/Disease Inspection

        Check for snails and slugs.

    • Treat for Pest/Disease

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

  • February
    • Buy

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

    • Plant

        Plant from containers any time.

    • Sow Seeds

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

    • Water

        Water regularly during dry periods.

    • Prune

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

    • Pest/Disease Inspection

        Check for snails and slugs.

    • Treat for Pest/Disease

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

    • Transplant

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

  • March
    • Buy

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

    • Plant

        Plant from containers any time.

    • Sow Seeds

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

    • Fertilize

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

    • Water

        Water regularly during dry periods.

    • Prune

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

    • Mulch

        Mulch to conserve water use.

    • Pest/Disease Inspection

        Check for snails and slugs.

    • Treat for Pest/Disease

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

    • Transplant

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

  • April
    • Buy

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

    • Plant

        Plant from containers any time.

    • Sow Seeds

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

    • Fertilize

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

    • Water

        Water regularly during dry periods.

    • Pest/Disease Inspection

        Check for snails and slugs.

    • Treat for Pest/Disease

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

    • Transplant

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

    • Propagate

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

  • May
    • Buy

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

    • Plant

        Plant from containers any time.

    • Fertilize

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

    • Water

        Water regularly during dry periods.

    • Pest/Disease Inspection

        Check for snails and slugs.

    • Treat for Pest/Disease

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

    • Propagate

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

  • June
    • Buy

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

    • Plant

        Plant from containers any time.

    • Fertilize

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

    • Water

        Water regularly during dry periods.

    • Prune

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

    • Mulch

        Mulch to conserve water use.

    • Pest/Disease Inspection

        Check for snails and slugs.

    • Treat for Pest/Disease

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

    • Propagate

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

  • July
    • Buy

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

    • Plant

        Plant from containers any time.

    • Fertilize

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

    • Water

        Water regularly during dry periods.

    • Prune

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

    • Pest/Disease Inspection

        Check for snails and slugs.

    • Treat for Pest/Disease

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

  • August
    • Buy

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

    • Plant

        Plant from containers any time.

    • Fertilize

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

    • Water

        Water regularly during dry periods.

    • Prune

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

    • Pest/Disease Inspection

        Check for snails and slugs.

    • Treat for Pest/Disease

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

  • September
    • Buy

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

    • Plant

        Plant from containers any time.

    • Fertilize

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

    • Water

        Water regularly during dry periods.

    • Prune

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

    • Mulch

        Mulch to conserve water use.

    • Pest/Disease Inspection

        Check for snails and slugs.

    • Treat for Pest/Disease

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

  • October
    • Buy

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

    • Plant

        Plant from containers any time.

    • Fertilize

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

    • Water

        Water regularly during dry periods.

    • Pest/Disease Inspection

        Check for snails and slugs.

    • Treat for Pest/Disease

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

  • November
    • Buy

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

    • Plant

        Plant from containers any time.

    • Water

        Water regularly during dry periods.

    • Pest/Disease Inspection

        Check for snails and slugs.

    • Treat for Pest/Disease

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

  • December
    • Buy

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

    • Plant

        Plant from containers any time.

    • Water

        Water regularly during dry periods.

    • Pest/Disease Inspection

        Check for snails and slugs.

    • Treat for Pest/Disease

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

  • Winter
    • Spring
      • Summer
        • Fall
          • 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!

            •  Jan
            •  Feb
            •  Mar
            •  Apr
            •  May
            •  Jun
            •  Jul
            •  Aug
            •  Sep
            •  Oct
            •  Nov
            •  Dec
            • 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?

            •  Jan
            •  Feb
            •  Mar
            •  Apr
            •  May
            •  Jun
            •  Jul
            •  Aug
            •  Sep
            •  Oct
            •  Nov
            •  Dec
            • 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?

            •  Jan
            •  Feb
            •  Mar
            •  Apr
            •  May
            •  Jun
            •  Jul
            •  Aug
            •  Sep
            •  Oct
            •  Nov
            •  Dec
            • 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?

            •  Jan
            •  Feb
            •  Mar
            •  Apr
            •  May
            •  Jun
            •  Jul
            •  Aug
            •  Sep
            •  Oct
            •  Nov
            •  Dec
            • 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?

            •  Jan
            •  Feb
            •  Mar
            •  Apr
            •  May
            •  Jun
            •  Jul
            •  Aug
            •  Sep
            •  Oct
            •  Nov
            •  Dec
            • 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?

            •  Jan
            •  Feb
            •  Mar
            •  Apr
            •  May
            •  Jun
            •  Jul
            •  Aug
            •  Sep
            •  Oct
            •  Nov
            •  Dec
            • 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?

            •  Jan
            •  Feb
            •  Mar
            •  Apr
            •  May
            •  Jun
            •  Jul
            •  Aug
            •  Sep
            •  Oct
            •  Nov
            •  Dec
            • March

              Mulch to conserve water use.

            • June

              Mulch to conserve water use.

            • September

              Mulch to conserve water use.

          • Protect

            When and how should you protect this plant from birds, deer, rabbits? Does this plant need be covered, or wrapped or painted or moved?

            •  Jan
            •  Feb
            •  Mar
            •  Apr
            •  May
            •  Jun
            •  Jul
            •  Aug
            •  Sep
            •  Oct
            •  Nov
            •  Dec
            • Pest/Disease Inspection

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

              •  Jan
              •  Feb
              •  Mar
              •  Apr
              •  May
              •  Jun
              •  Jul
              •  Aug
              •  Sep
              •  Oct
              •  Nov
              •  Dec
              • 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?

              •  Jan
              •  Feb
              •  Mar
              •  Apr
              •  May
              •  Jun
              •  Jul
              •  Aug
              •  Sep
              •  Oct
              •  Nov
              •  Dec
              • 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?

              •  Jan
              •  Feb
              •  Mar
              •  Apr
              •  May
              •  Jun
              •  Jul
              •  Aug
              •  Sep
              •  Oct
              •  Nov
              •  Dec
              • 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?

              •  Jan
              •  Feb
              •  Mar
              •  Apr
              •  May
              •  Jun
              •  Jul
              •  Aug
              •  Sep
              •  Oct
              •  Nov
              •  Dec
              • 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.

            • Harvest

              When's a good time to harvest this plant? What's the best way to harvest? Are there special requirements or features?

              •  Jan
              •  Feb
              •  Mar
              •  Apr
              •  May
              •  Jun
              •  Jul
              •  Aug
              •  Sep
              •  Oct
              •  Nov
              •  Dec
              • Special requirements

                Any other requirement for this plant? Is there anything that doesn't fit into the other care categories?

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                •  Mar
                •  Apr
                •  May
                •  Jun
                •  Jul
                •  Aug
                •  Sep
                •  Oct
                •  Nov
                •  Dec

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