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propagating perennials: Coneflower
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Tuesday, November 27, 2007


Next up to propagating perennials are Coneflowers, Echinacea, don’t try eating the roots to prevent colds, which are long lasting bloomers in late summer standing 12-18" tall. I prefer the pinks or purples over the whites, because that could be confused with a daisy. They are easy to divide and enjoy full sun and well drained soil in the landscape garden bed. Actually all perennials favor well drained soil to perform up to expectations. Unlike the Bearded Iris the rhizomes of the Coneflowers are spread out so if you want to propagate just one or two plants that can be easily accomplished whereas with the Iris you must dig carefully just to replant one or two corms. Coneflowers are the first plant to let you know when they need water after propagation because the plant roots have grown spread quickly and are shown in the photo. It is also necessary when potting or planting that the soil is tamped down, compacted, so it forces all the air out of the soil before watering. Do this with the handle of the trowel when potting or the shovel handle when planting in the landscape garden bed. If air is allowed in the perennial plant roots will dry out fast and all your effort would have been in vain.

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