Rudbeckia - Sochan
Also known as Cutleaf Coneflower, and Green Headed Coneflower. Well known and loved in permaculture circles. The roots are used in medicine much like Echinacea, the abundant greens are a delicious edible, and the flowers are loved by pollinators. This plant is revered by the Cherokee for its many wondrous uses, and is catching on elsewhere. Summer-Fall blooming. Full Sun to part shade. Perennial. Approx seeds per packet = 130
|Average Seed / oz||Seed / 100' Row||Average Yield / 100' Row||Days to Harvest|
|Planting Season||Ideal Soil Temp||Sun||Frost Tolerance|
|After Last Frost||60°F||Full/Part||Frost Sensitive|
|Sowing Method||Seed Depth||Direct Seed Spacing||Seeds Per Packet|
|Transplant or Direct Seed||surface||N/A||250|
|Mature Spacing||Days to Sprout||Production Cycle||Seed Viability|
Sochan is a perennial that will tolerate average soils and requires moderate moisture. Choose a site with full sun to partial shade.
Seeds need a period of cold, moist conditions for optimal germination. Direct sow outdoors in fall or stratify seed in a refrigerator for 3-4 weeks before sowing in the spring. Sow seeds on the soil surface and press lightly to settle. Seeds will sprout in 5-21 days. Thin seedlings so that mature plants are 12-18" apart.
Sochan is not drought tolerant. Provide water in times of drought.
Sochan leaves are edible and typically eaten after boiled or sauteed until soft. Harvest young leaves in spring.
Sochan seed matures in late summer/fall. Seed is ready to harvest when dry and brown. Store seeds in a cool, dry place. Seeds are viable for 2-3 years.