The Q&A Archives: Starting Coneflower Seeds

Question: My father-in-law gave me seeds from his coneflowers last year. Can you give me directions on planting them?

Answer: Echinacea, or Coneflower, is a rugged but attractive perennial with white or rasberry-colored, daisy like flowers. The plants grow 2'-4' tall and prefer full sunshine and average, but well-draining soil. Start your seeds indoors 8-10 weeks before planting out, or sow directly in the garden in early spring. Sow seeds 1/8" deep in soil outdoors, or indoors in moistened seed starting mix. Place the trays in a warm area such as on top of the refrigerator. The seeds will germinate in 10-21 days if kept at 70F - 75F degrees.

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