How To Grow Echinacea

How To Grow Echinacea

Purple Coneflower / Echinacea Purpurea

Echinacea Purpurea

This classic purple flower is an excellent addition to your cottage garden! An easy-to-grow perennial that works great as a cut flower, its cones are perfect for drying and its loved by the bees. 

Can be planted in the fall in zones 6-8. 


Plant type: Perennial / Biennial

Height: 24-36”

Site: full sun

Days to maturity: 300-365 days

Plant spacing: 18-24”

Pinch: not necessary

Kids, Pets, and Deer Resistance: non-toxic, deer resistant

Indoor & Pots: grows well in large containers outside

Approx seeds per packet: 200

How to Grow:

Fall planting recommended for zones 5-8. By planting in the Fall you are saving an entire growing season and get blooms the following summer!

Direct seed (recommended in the Fall): Sow 8-10 weeks before first frost in groups of 3-4 seeds, 1/8" deep. Thin to one plant.  Sow in spring when soil is warm, 65°F (18°C). 

Transplant (recommended in the Spring): Sow 8-10 weeks before planting outside. Transplant into larger containers after the first true leaves appear. Harden off and transplant outside.

Germination: 10-15 days at 65-70°F (18-21°C).

Where to plant:  Plant in the sun or part shade into well drained soil.

Harvesting/Vase Life: Fresh: For harvesting the flower, harvest when the petals are expanding. For harvesting the cone, harvest when the cone is raised and has turned golden.

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