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I Have written before on Rudbeckia Irish Mist a favorite of mine originally grown from seed in 2009 i had back then about 10 plants some i gave away retaining 5 of them. At the start of this year I was down to one plant which has flowered well through the season,on inspection in August it was apparent that no new growth was being produced from the base of the plant and it looked like this would be it last season, however it was still producing flowering stems higher up not normally idea for cuttings as they are often hollow.Nothing to loose i removed four of them at the point where they joined the main stem all were solid so I prepared them as heal cuttings and placed them in a cool propagator, the first thing to happen was that the buds in the centre started to grow a couple I managed to pinch out and quite quickly they started to root three were removed and potted after about three weeks,one collapsed and rotted the other two i pinched out again to encourage more new growth,I am now happy that I have two plants that should be fine for 2011.Moral desperate time warrant desperate measures.and its always worth a go.
There is a lot of seed but not sure if that would come true.Any way i proved a point with some unlikely material


As it was
New plants having been potted about six weeks

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Good work Brian! :) Lovely Rudbeckia...similar to Prairie sun, but softer I think.

15 Oct, 2011

 

Oh! Well done! Nothing ventured, nothing gained! That's so good that they 'took' for you, they're so lovely with the green centre, rather than the usual black, although I love all the rudbeckias...except 'Green Wizard' but I expect the flower arrangers love it, it's such an oddity!

15 Oct, 2011

 

well saved Bj ! smashing healthy plants 2nd photo.

15 Oct, 2011

 

Very well done indeed; Lovely photo Brian...

15 Oct, 2011

 

Brillant Brian, well done you.

16 Oct, 2011

 

They look really healthy Brian. A gold star is awarded. :o)

16 Oct, 2011

 

Well done they look good.

16 Oct, 2011

bjs
Bjs
 

Thanks everybody for your comments,just hope they come through the winter OK

16 Oct, 2011

 

Gorgeous Rudbeckia...Go Bjs!!!..:>)

25 Oct, 2011

 

Well done, I like these much better than the black eye. Hope they make it through the winter for you.

25 Oct, 2011

bjs
Bjs
 

Angie have also collected a lots of seed whether they will come true I don't know,there's plenty of it to giveaway thats for sure.

25 Oct, 2011

 

Hello Brian
I grew some rudbeckias called Irish eyes very similar, (might be a bit leggier) to yours, you did better than me I only ended up with 3 plants. I tried taking some cuttings of rudbeckia cherry brandy. They are a bit difficult though I found. They just dry out before they get chance to root. Tried a few times this year, but no success yet. I suppose I will just have to split the mother plant early next year.

25 Oct, 2011

bjs
Bjs
 

Poppy i am no expert on these, but cuttings the fresher and greener the better and as I have already said a hollow stem is a no no. if a bud forms pinch it out
A lot will divide in early spring just as they show signs of growth,I have had no luck finding material to divide on Irish Mist

25 Oct, 2011

 

Thanks Brian
I will definately have another try at these next year. I'll see if I can get some 'irish cuttings' off the cherry brandy as it is a much bigger plant.

27 Oct, 2011

 

You really are a plantsman Bjs. I like that you never give up on plants. I found this by accident. Hywel wrote a blog about how Rudbeckia was named and I wondered if there was a Rudbeckia page in the Goypedia. Thank you for all this info.

21 Mar, 2013

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