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Does anyone grow Echinacea / purple coneflower?

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Post  landarch on 5/21/2016, 10:40 pm

I grow several types.  E. purpurea re-seeds heavily and can take over perennial beds.  E. pallida is the pale purple coneflower native to prairies in our area.  Glade coneflower is native in Missouri and has a bit more purple color.  Kim's Knee High is a short hybrid.

One problem to look for in coneflowers is deformed blossoms...signs of aster yellows or mites.  I've been told that the entire plant should be removed so diseases don't spread.
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Post  jimmy cee on 5/22/2016, 8:55 am

landarch wrote:I grow several types.  E. purpurea re-seeds heavily and can take over perennial beds.  E. pallida is the pale purple coneflower native to prairies in our area.  Glade coneflower is native in Missouri and has a bit more purple color.  Kim's Knee High is a short hybrid.

One problem to look for in coneflowers is deformed blossoms...signs of aster yellows or mites.  I've been told that the entire plant should be removed so diseases don't spread.
I have about a dozen that germinated nicely, now I just can't find a place to put them.
Maybe some 8 gallon containers.
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Post  VJ72584 on 5/22/2016, 8:54 pm


i love them because they last quite a while and attract butterflies. I have had no luck growing from seed.  Through the fall and winter, we had some flooding here and some of the plants died off. I wasn't able to find the purple coneflower at the farmers market or Lowes. I hope the one's that do come up will re-seed.

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Post  landarch on 5/22/2016, 11:03 pm

VJ...every time I try to start from seed I get zero germination, however it seems every seed that just falls on the ground natually and overwinters comes up gangbusters.  I know they need to be cold stratified but still have zero luck.
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Post  sanderson on 5/23/2016, 4:50 am

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Post  jimmy cee on 5/23/2016, 8:57 am

That dozen turned into actually five plants.Any thoughts on planting in a container ?


front five are the coneflowers

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Post  wyldhawk9 on 5/23/2016, 1:52 pm

jimmy cee wrote:That dozen turned into actually five plants.Any thoughts on planting in a container ?


front five are the coneflowers


Jimmy, thanks for the pics of your set up. I'd like to know a little more about your nursery...So I have a small takeout container with a clear plastic resealable lid on it if full of sprouts right now...I like what you did with the yoplait cups...how much soil do you have underneath the cups? Is that MM or just potting soil? Do you just cut the yogurt containers when transplanting?
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Post  jimmy cee on 5/23/2016, 9:51 pm

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Jimmy, thanks for the pics of your set up. I'd like to know a little more about your nursery...So I have a small takeout container with a clear plastic resealable lid on it if full of sprouts right now...I like what you did with the yoplait cups...how much soil do you have underneath the cups? Is that MM or just potting soil? Do you just cut the yogurt containers when transplanting?
First let , me explain, I use nothing at all ever, except Mel's Mix...It's used finely strained for seed planting, lightly strained for plants and everything else. It's used in my hanging baskets, along with all my container plants..
What is under those cups is just for brief storage, I removed them from their trays and set them up in my hot / cold box for rain was coming. This way they would drain into the bed , I need not worry about drowning plants.
This link will take you to the page where I posted pictures for these cups...good luck
http://squarefoot.creatingforum.com/t18802-yogurt-cups-for-seed-starting
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