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Coneflowers

Echinacea is a traditional favorite in summer bouquets with daisy-like flowers, wide, deep green foliage and strong, thick stems. An essential component of summer butterfly gardens, its flowers are like butterfly magnets and, later, its seed attracts goldfinches. Coneflowers thrives in most soil conditions with full to dappled sunlight. Soak seeds in tepid water for 24 hours prior to sowing. Start Coneflowers indoors at least 6 weeks before the last spring frost date to promote first year flowering. Bee friendly. Deer resistant. Perennial. Hardiness zone: 5-9 depending upon variety. Summer flowering. Height: 36" to 48" .

Average seed life: 1 year.

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Coneflower Sowing Instructions
Planting Depth
:1/4”
Seed Spacing:1”-2”
Plant Spacing:18”-24”
Days to Germination: 10-20 days
Germination Temperature:65°-75°F

Echinacea purpurea. Start Coneflowers indoors before the last frost date to promote first-year blooms. Soak seeds in warm water for 24 hours, and then sow in a good seed-starting medium. Provide 65° to 75°F temperatures and uniformly moist soil until seedlings emerge. Introduce strong sunlight. Once seedlings are large enough to handle, transplant to larger, deeper pots for full root system development. After all danger of frost has passed and seedlings are 4" tall, harden them off by gradually acclimating them to the outdoors over 7 to 10 days. Transplant out 18" to 24" apart or direct-sow in rich, well-draining soil and full to partial sunlight. Water regularly and mulch to deter weeds and retain ground moisture. Deadhead old flowers to promote continuous blooms. Summer flowering.

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