Rudbeckia - Aries
Aries produces durable 'cone flowers' with bold centres. It is a reliable and rewarding variety and make vivid border plants. Lasting displays, ideal for beds, borders, tubs and cutting. It is a half hardy perennial but best treated as an annual.
Sow indoors for surest results from February to April, 0.5cm deep, in trays of compost. Water well and place in a warm position. A temperature of 15-20°C is ideal. Keep moist. Seedlings usually appear in 14-21 days. Transplant them, 5cm apart, to other trays when large enough to handle. Always hold by a leaf, never by the stem. Grow on in cooler, but not cold conditions. Gradually accustom young plants to outside conditions, before planting out into well-drained soil from May to June, 30cm apart, when frosts are over. Or, sow outdoors for ease, April-May, where they are to flower, 1.5cm deep, directly into finely-prepared, well-drained soil, which has already been watered. Thin seedlings as required. Water well until plants are established. Flowers from July to October.