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FutureStarrWhen to Plant Black Eyed Susans
The black-eyed Susan plant (Thalictrum thalictroides) is native to North America, where they bloom early in the spring. Many people mistake them for daffodils, though these plants can also be mistaken for lilies because of their double petals.Looking for a pretty plant that is practically indestructible? You want black-eyed Susans! There’s a reason almost every perennial garden and landscape has these cheerful yellow flowers tucked somewhere in the mix. They’re simply hard to beat when it comes to easy growing and big bloom power. What’s more, black-eyed Susans are a great addition to a pollinator garden. Birds (especially goldfinches), butterflies, and hummingbirds eat the seeds or sip nectar from the plants.
Black-eyed Susans can grow in almost every type of garden soil except for consistently soggy soil, though of course better soil will lead to better plants. Make sure to get your plants off to their best start by preparing the in-ground planting area with Miracle-Gro® Garden Soil for Flowers. Mix 3 inches of this nutrient-filled garden soil into the top 6 inches of existing soil, or create a 50:50 blend for individual planting holes. For maximum beautiful blooms, combine great soil with the power of just the right plant food—be sure to check out the "How to Feed Black-Eyed Susans" section below.Black-eyed Susans do not need much extra water once they’re comfy and established in the garden.
You do need to water them when you first plant them, though, to help the plants grow new roots and settle in. Water well whenever the top inch of soil around the plants is dry. (A good rule of thumb: If you see the leaves drooping, the plant needs water.) Keep in mind, though, that over-watering will cause more problems with black-eyed Susans than under-watering. When in doubt about whether or not to water, wait another day.With golden daisy-like blooms and cheery brown or black button centers, Black-eyed Susans are the perfect plant for months and months of reliable color. “Nearly everyone who has seen these plants loves them because of their almost smiley-face appearance and color,” says plant breeder Brent Horvath, owner of Intrinsic Perennial Gardens. “They’re not fussy, and they have a long bloom time, which makes them appealing for many gardeners.” (Source:www.almanac.com)