The Q&A Archives: coneflower planting lingo

Question: I thought I was starting to learn something till today. Could you please tell me what it means when you are trying to plant a coneflower

Answer: Although it might sound mysterious, the crown of the plant is the area where the roots are attached and from where the new stems will grow in the spring. A coneflower plant can be propagated by dividing the rootmass so that each division has some of the crown and some roots attached. The roots will tend to grow downward so the crown is the very top of the division you have. The box shaped part is the upper part or the crown. This is the part that should be resting at soil level when you plant it. To make sure the crown is not planted too deeply, here's a suggestion for planting. Start by digging a hole larger than the division you have. Test to make sure the hole is deep and wide enough to accommodate the division by setting the division in the planting hole. If it's just right, mound a small amount of soil on the bottom of the hole and drape the roots over it so they fall in a natural way. Fill in around the roots and tamp the soil down gently, then add enough soil to barely cover the crown of the plant. Rainwater and water from the hose will help settle the soil and the crown should then rest just at or slightly above the soil line. Best wishes with your project!

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