The Echinacea has a striking appearance with attractive pink and purple petals, and its nectar makes it popular among bees and butterflies. They are perennial plants belonging to the daisy family and have origins tracing back to the Eastern and Central U.S.
Also called a coneflower, the plant has also become a very popular addition to many home gardens not only because of its looks but also because of its medicinal value. You can use echinacea to make herbal tea, strengthening immunity.
When and Where to Plant Coneflower
Growing Echinacea is straightforward as long as it is hosted in the right environment. These plants require temperatures of 65 degrees and above and will do best in do well in full sun and well-drained soils. The addition of light mulch can prevent weeds.
- Light requirements: Echinacea blossoms in full or limited sunlight, sometimes even flowering until mid-winter. Flowering will be at its prime in full sun conditions. Just remember – the coneflower requires a minimum of four hours of daylight daily.
- Soil: Coneflower does well in well-drained soils. It can endure infertile rocky soils but won't grow in wet and muddy soils.
- Planting: The right time to plant the seeds is during the spring. You can quickly grow Echinacea from seeds by sowing during a cold and moist period. You should propagate the seeds densely in the fall. Remember to cover them slightly to prevent birds from eating them. The seeds will germinate in the spring if all conditions are right.
How to Winterize Echinacea
Winterizing coneflowers helps them during the cold period. You can prepare the plants for the cold season by trimming, mulching, winter covering, watering, and practicing disease management. Adding mulch to the garden also helps to protect the plant in winter. Winter covering provides extra protection to the plant, which is an important step especially for those in a colder climate. In climates that have snow and temperatures that cause freezing, it is important to keep your plants ready!
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