Rudbeckia ‘Tiger Eye’

Year Trialed: 2008

Good Qualities:

Bright butterscotch color (5); Great bedding plant (2); Uniformity was outstanding, no pest problems; Lots of quality, uniform flowers, popular with customers; Very uniform in growth habit, very floriferous, sturdy stem, attractive, petite flower head; Beautiful plant; Lovely, sweet, long blooming, colorful landscape plant, did our perennial trial get mixed up with a landscape trial?; Very prolific double rudbeckia, easy to grow and showy; Beautiful healthy plants that are early to bloom and filled with blooms, mostly flawless; Very perky, classic rudbeckia look, good addition to small bouquets, easy harvest, holds up in heat, long harvest season; Whole plant harvest; very good for low table arrangements; No problems with insects or disease; Attractive and easy to grow rudbeckia, nice addition to group.

Problems:

Too short for cut flower use (12); Better as a bedding plant (4): A total failure for us, dwarf plants, when cut they would wilt at the farmers market in a few hours; None; Didn’t sprout; Large green collar of smaller leaves around base of flower, which we removed; Needs to be evaluated in its second year here in zone 4B to see if it will be taller; Some root rot deaths; I had good germination but the plants didn’t do well growing on, by the time they were ready for field planting I had 4 plants to transplant.

Similar Cultivars:

I suppose, but I haven’t found any as nice as these; Along with ‘Tiger Eye’, we also grew ‘Cappicino’ and ‘Irish Spring’ rudbeckia, both had great color and stems in the 18 to 24 inch range making them better as a general use cut flower.

Comments:

Great for people that want short flowers or for use in oasis; We did not plant seeds until this fall, we always seed rubeckias in August, transplant in Sept/Oct (Zone 6b/7a); Great bedding plants; We will definitely grow again only to sell as part of out pot crop program; Crop failure, did not germinate, perhaps we should have started this in the greenhouse; We will be selling this as a bedding plant; I will grow this cultivar again and try to cut harder to see if that helps elongate stems; I don’t usually bother to grow rudbeckia, after trying quite a few and not finding the quality I need, but this variety I will try again and try to grow it better.

Postharvest:

Used Floralife for hard water; Remove leaves; Rudbeckias are always the first thing we harvest early in the AM and go immediately into the cooler; We only used plain water; Pick early in the day and get into water quickly.

Trial Data

Rudbeckia ‘Tiger Eye’
Yield (stems/plant) Stem Length (inches) Market Appreciation Rating – Wholesale (1) Market Appreciation Rating – Retail (1) Market Appreciation Rating – Consumer (1) Repeat Again Rating (1) Ease of Cultivation Rating (1) Average Spacing (in2) Average Postharvest Life (days)
Average 4.5 10.6 1.0 3.0 3.8 3.2 4.3 167 8.1
Range of Responses 1-15 8-26 1 1-5 1-5 1-5 2-5 36-324 4-14

(1) 1 to 5 scale, with 5 being the best. Market ratings are based on sales to wholesalers, retailers, or final consumers direct.

Supplier

Goldsmith Seeds

P.O. Box 1349

Gilroy CA 95021

www.goldsmithseeds.com

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