cappucino-rudebka5This is a great time for Florida gardeners to start Rudebeckias from seed for spring bloom. Started now, gardeners can expect most varieties to bloom by late April. ‘Cappuccino’ is a new variety from Fleuroselect. Handsome large flowers with coppery centers are produced on compact plants. Also known as brown-eyed Susans, Rudebeckias should be grown in sites with at least a half day of full sun. 

Start seeds in flats in a good-quality potting soil. Transplant seedlings into cell-packs to allow good root systems to develop before adding to landscapes or container plantings. ‘Cappuccino’ should be available in the spring as bedding plants. Rudebeckias are good cut flowers, as well as suitable for drying for everlasting arrangements.