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How to Grow Coneflower
Now here's a popular perennial, that is a true Native American! Coneflowers originated in western prairies of North America. These easy to grow plants, are classified as wildflower, but have made a home in many flower gardens.
Drought resistant Coneflower grow 2' to 3 1/2' tall. Flowers have a dark, cone shaped center that bloom from mid summer to frost. Colors include red, white, yellow, gold, mauve, and purple.
Flowers will attract butterflies and birds.
Coneflowers have long, sturdy stems. They are good as cut flowers in vases, and are long lasting.
Coneflower are attractive dried flowers.
Coneflower are grown from seed. Directly seed them into your flower garden. They can also be spread around a field to grow as wildflowers.
For an early, indoor start, plant seeds in trays or containers 6-8 weeks before the last frost in your area.
Coneflower can be propagated by cuttings. Select a young stem and root in water.
Coneflowers are also separated by division of established plants. Separate established plants in the spring.
How to Grow Coneflower Plants:
Growing Coneflower is easy. Grow them in full sun. They do well in most well drained soils. They tolerate dry soil conditions very well. Watering plants, only during extended dry periods.
Sow seeds early in the season and cover with 1/4" of garden soil. Space seeds or seedlings 12-18" apart. Add a general purpose fertilizer once or twice a season.
The plants will form many branches. Encourage new blooms by removing all dead flowers.
Once your Coneflower are established, they will grow well, and bloom from mid summer until frost. Some varieties will not bloom until the second year.
Plants are hardy, and will survive light frosts before going dormant in the winter. They do not require mulching or protection in the winter.
Insect and Disease:
Insects and disease problems are infrequent. If problems arise, treat early with insecticides, repellents, or fungicide as appropriate..
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