Perennials forum: Help! I bought Echinaceas on Clearance

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Name: Deborah Pryor
Orangeburg, SC Zone 8a (Zone 8a)
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Deebie
Nov 28, 2014 1:20 PM CST
Help! I just bought two 1 gal. Echies Sombreros on clearance at HD. I was shocked, as they were only $2.88 each. Hurray! They need to be divided badly. I don't think that I want to plant them in the ground just yet, as our winters lately have been too wet. I want to plant them in larger pots with well draining soil, as I think that they will survive the winter better that way. Should I divided them at that time, or should I just loosen the rootball and plant it as is in the larger pot? I'm a little new to growing these plants, and it's been a little challenging with our changing weather patterns lately. Confused
Name: Judy
Simpsonville SC (Zone 7b)
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SCButtercup
Nov 29, 2014 4:51 AM CST
I have not dealt with this particular situation but in my part of SC, which is at least a zone or two cooler than you, I would throw it in our windowless unheated garage and only water very occasionally. Let it go dormant and then divide and out out in garden in late January/early February. I bought some tiny Cheyenne Spirit at a nursery last February, which was still frost danger for us, and planted them out. They did fine.
Name: Bob
Vernon N.J. (Zone 6a)
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NJBob
Nov 29, 2014 5:32 PM CST

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I would plant them now and divide in the Spring. I have always found they have better survival rate when dividing during the early growth of Spring.
Name: Deborah Pryor
Orangeburg, SC Zone 8a (Zone 8a)
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Deebie
Dec 3, 2014 9:18 PM CST
I'm sorry I have been MIA as I've been out of town dealing with a family emergency. Things are stable now, and I'm back at home. Thank You! , Judy and Bob for your responses. Judy we are in the zone; I'm about 2 1/2 hrs away and only a few degrees warmer. I checked my other planted echies, and see that they are pretty much staying green depending on the extent of frost/freeze damage. They are located in a sunny area. So, they are not completely dormant. Therefore, I think I'll either plant these or sink the pots in the ground now and mulch with straw or shredded oak leaves. Then I'll divide them in spring.
Name: Karen
Cincinnati, Oh (Zone 6a)
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kqcrna
Dec 4, 2014 8:05 AM CST
If you bury the pot, just make sure it has excellent drainage.

Karen
Name: Deborah Pryor
Orangeburg, SC Zone 8a (Zone 8a)
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Deebie
Dec 8, 2014 9:57 PM CST
Thank You! Karen. I'll double check the pot.

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