Rudbeckia Hirta ‘Goldilocks Improved’
Years Trialed: 2003
Double flowers (6); Very showy and uniform, fast to flower, many petals; 85 days from seed to blossom, perfect filler size for bouquets, excellent 2 tone gold color with variable petal count, good vase life, good stem length; Butterscotch yellow petals; Would make a good landscape plant; Nice sized, stems are sturdy; Tall strong plants; Good vase life; Beautiful flowers, great rebloomer; Easy; Cheerful color; Great, good novelty cut, 4-6 usable stems, 20 inches long; Flowers were 2 ½ inches across.
Too short (3); My customers have no interest, deer love rudbeckia; Some plants died off in the row, they didn’t seem to have very consistent growth; excessive rain could have been a problem, but I would say more humidity on leaves than wet roots caused the problem; Raggy looking, did not hold up well (hydration); Poor germination compared to the other rudbeckias; Too short for use in bouquet work used most of them for “free for Kids” vase at farmer’s market; For me this cultivar was not very uniform and I had a lot of problems with its lodging; Wilted in vase, need to learn about better postharvest techniques; Deer ate every one of them, pulled the entire plant, usually they nip a few rudbeckia so I can only guess ‘Goldilocks’ tastes better than any other variety; Plants did not do well; Poor germination, plants not as healthy as two other rudbeckias trialed.
|Yield (stems/plant)||Stem Length (inches)||Market Appreciation Rating – Wholesale (1)||Market Appreciation Rating – Retail (1)||Market Appreciation Rating – Consumer (1)||Repeat Again Rating (2)||Ease of Cultivation Rating (2)||Average Spacing (in2)|
|Range of Responses||0-30||4-28||3||1-4||1-5||1-5||2-5||36-432|
(1) 1 to 5 scale, with 5 being the best. Market ratings are based on sales to wholesalers, retailers, or final consumers direct.
1444 Larson St.
Sycamore, IL 60178