Not sure whether to cut back your black-eyed susans this fall or wait until spring? The answer may surprise you.
Whether or not you should cut down black-eyed Susans (Rudbeckia) in the fall depends on your specific growing conditions and preferences.
If you live in an area with mild winters, you may choose to leave the plants standing through the fall and winter.
The dried seed heads of Rudbeckia can provide food for birds and other wildlife, as well as a habitat for pollinators.
Dried plants can also add interest to your winter garden, particularly after a beautiful snow.
However, if you live in an area with harsh winter weather, you may choose to cut back the plants in the fall to neaten up the garden’s aesthetic.
This can help make it easier to clean up the garden in the spring. Additionally, cutting back the plants in fall can help prevent the spread of diseases or pests that may overwinter in plant debris left behind.
If you choose to cut it back in the fall, wait until the plant has totally finished blooming and the foliage begins to yellow and dies back.
Follow along to learn more about how to grow and care for black eyed susan.