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A How to Grow Coneflowers

A How to Grow Coneflowers

How to Grow Coneflowers

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If you enjoy watching pollinators buzzing and flitting around beautiful, hassle-free flowers that bloom for a long time, coneflowers are a must-grow. While purple coneflowers (Echinacea purpurea) are the most common, you’ll also find lots of new varieties of coneflowers in an array of happy colors, like pink, yellow, orange, red, and white. They don’t just delight for a season, either, as these are perennial flowers that will come back year after year. Coneflowers grow best in cool weather, and they start to form flowering buds in springtime. So when you see one blooming in the summer, there may be a garden waiting to be discovered. You just have to be careful not to crush them before they're done flowering.

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Plant coneflowers where they’ll get at least 6 to 8 hours of sun per day. In warmer regions (zones 8 and higher), though, a little bit of afternoon shade is actually a good thing, as it will help keep the flowers from fading. These plants naturally grow in clumps, so they won’t spread as far as some other perennials. Many of the older varieties will self-seed if you leave blooms in place — an easy way to get more plants! To create an ideal environment for coneflower roots to grow strong, improve your native in-ground soil by mixing 3 inches of Miracle-Gro® Garden Soil for Flowers in with the top 6 inches of existing soil. This rich, nutrient-filled garden soil has Moisture Control® technology, which helps protect plants during those times when they accidentally get too much—or too little—water. Plus, when you use Miracle-Gro® soil and plant food (and follow all the directions), you’ll get up to triple the flowers over the growing season (vs. unfed)—so be sure to check out the "How to Feed Coneflowers" section below. Just planting one coneflower?

Dig a hole and blend garden soil with the soil you just dug up in a 50:50 ratio. Coneflowers have strong stems to go along with their big flowerheads, so they rarely need to be staked. If you do find yourself with floppy plants, though, push a sturdy stake into the soil near the center of the plant (but not through the plant), then loop twine loosely around both the stake and the individual stems. Or, you can purchase a circular stake intended for clumping flowers. Either way, you want the end result to look natural, not like there’s a belt cinched tight around the plant’s middle.Bright, upright plants, coneflowers are a North American perennial in the Daisy family (Asteraceae). Specifically, the plant is native to the eastern United States, from Iowa and Ohio south to Louisiana and Georgia. They grow 2 to 4 feet in height with dark green foliage. They are fast growers and self-sow their seeds profusely. These midsummer bloomers can flower from midsummer through fall frost! (Source:www.almanac.com)

 

 

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