HOW TO GROW AND SAVE SEED OF ECHINACEA

Paradiso Mix Echinacea

Latin name Echinaceae sp. is a cold-hardy perennial that can bloom in the first year if seeds are started early spring. The hardy plants are a top choice for low- and no-water gardens; they are care-free and provide a long season of blooms.

 

 

HISTORY

Green Twister Echinacea

Native to eastern and central North America, echinacea is often found in moist to dry wooded areas and prairies, as well as roadsides. It is a popular folk remedy to boost the immune system and prevent communicable diseases.

 

USES

Purpurea Echinacea

  • Herbal remedy plant, especially popular in tea. 
  • Plant in the perennial garden, wildflower meadow, landscape, beds, borders, large containers, cottage garden, cut flower production.
  • Excellent for rehabilitation and restoration sites.
  • Pollinator garden. Visited by butterflies including the swallowtail, native bees, beneficial wasps and more. Goldfinches and other birds love the seeds. Hummingbird attractor.

 

SEED STARTING

Ozark Yellow Coneflower Echinacea

  • Seeds germinate in 10-30 days.
  • Start indoors 8-12 weeks before last frost or direct sow seeds outdoors before last frost. (You can direct sow in the fall and allow seeds to sit over winter)
  • Sow seeds 1/4- 1/2 inch deep.
  • Ideal germination temperature is 65-70 F.
  • Keep soil relatively moist until germinated.

 

GROWING

Doubledecker Echinacea

  • Plants are very adaptable and will tolerate a wide range of conditions, but will perform their very best when given full sun and rich, well-drained soil.
  • Space plants 12-24 inches apart.
  • Keep plants deadheaded to promote blooming.

 

PESTS/SPECIAL CONSIDERATIONS

Mellow Yellows Echinacea

  • Echinaceae is a generally disease-free plant, but be sure to keep plants free of powdery mildew and rots by not overcrowding them.
  • Poor air circulation and very poorly drained soil can lead to fungal issues for the plants.

 

SEED SAVING

Paradiso Super-Duper Echinacea

  • Allow the flowerhead containing the seeds to completely mature and dry on the plant, then clip off the flowerhead and place in a container.
  • Working over the top of another clean, opened container, rub the flowerheads between the palms, breaking them apart.
  • The small, blackish seeds can be separated from the chaff by first screening and then winnowing.

 

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