Growing Echinacea

 

Growing Echinacea transcript

I'm sitting next to a variety of Echinacea called 'White Swan.' The genus Echinacea is native to North America and here in Connecticut, produces beautiful, bright blooms from late June lasting until frost.

Echinacea is at home in the wild garden as well as in the more refined perennial border. Blooms last well cut or dried, and the seeds in the large cone at the heart of the flower head turn black as the seeds mature, adding further interest.

Echinacea thrive in average soils, withstand hot, dry conditions, and shrug off cold. They do not need to be deadheaded, but if you do, it will result in more blooms. Plants can be cut back by half in early summer, resulting in a later bloom time but more compact form, and more flowers.

Echinacea rarely need dividing, and transplanting older plants can be tricky due to their taproots. Transplanting can be done in spring if need be, so long as you dig deeply and keep a good amount of soil around the roots. In the fall, apply a light mulch in colder regions, particularly the first year after planting, to help your Echinacea through the winter. Flowers are best left uncut for the colder months to provide food for goldfinches and to avoid water getting into the Coneflower’s straw-like stems, which can cause their roots to rot.

When looking for companions to plant with your Coneflowers, consider Nepeta, perennial Geranium or Salvia for shorter options; or Perovskia, Sedum, Phlox and Monarda if you’re looking for taller plants to add behind them.

For a full listing of all the types of Echinacea we offer and complete growing instructions, visit our website.

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