Photo of Coneflower (Echinacea 'Cheyenne Spirit'): question on growing these from seed

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Name: Trish
Jacksonville, TX (Zone 8a)
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Trish
Jan 17, 2015 12:04 PM CST

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Karen,

It looks like you started these seeds indoors (as opposed to winter sowing them).

Any tips? Stratify? Bloom the first year?

I'm excited to get going on these! I'm all ears! I'm all ears!
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Name: Karen
Cincinnati, Oh (Zone 6a)
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kqcrna
Jan 17, 2015 2:48 PM CST
Trish, I did start them inside, using just vermiculite. I first learned of that method from an article that @JonnaSudenius posted here on ATP. I found my old thread about it:

The thread "Sowing in vermiculite" in Seeds forum

Karen
Name: Karen
Cincinnati, Oh (Zone 6a)
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kqcrna
Jan 17, 2015 2:53 PM CST
Trish, thinking about your warm climate, so different from mine, you probably have lots of options for starting echinaceas: traditional indoors under lights, or in plain vermiculite, or wintersowing... I've wintersown echinaces several times with good results, but in my cold climate, they sprout kind of late, grow slowly in cool spring weather, and don't usually bloom until the second year. Cheyenne Spirit bloom the first year, but if I wintersowed them, I don't know that they would bloom before the second year. Your warm weather would be more agreeable.

Karen
Name: Jonna
Belgium, Europe (Zone 6a)
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JonnaSudenius
Jan 18, 2015 1:58 AM CST
I renewed my website, so the link changed: http://www.seedsite.eu/articles/sowing
Name: Karen
Cincinnati, Oh (Zone 6a)
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kqcrna
Jan 18, 2015 4:58 AM CST
Thanks again, Jonna!

Karen
Name: Trish
Jacksonville, TX (Zone 8a)
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Trish
Jan 18, 2015 11:41 AM CST

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Thanks, Karen! Seems like I'll be fine either way. Smiling
I've grown Echinacea from seed before, but not the Cheyenne Spirit. I was just curious if you had found better sucess with starting them indoors than WS them.

I appreciate the input!! I tip my hat to you.
NGA COO, Wife, Mom, and caretaker of 90 acres and all that dwell there.
Name: Karen
Cincinnati, Oh (Zone 6a)
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kqcrna
Jan 18, 2015 12:36 PM CST
Thumbs up
Name: Karen
Cincinnati, Oh (Zone 6a)
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kqcrna
Jan 21, 2015 11:49 AM CST
I sowed these echinacea seeds on January 12, in plain vermiculite. Photo taken today.

Thumb of 2015-01-21/kqcrna/7848db

Karen
Name: Trish
Jacksonville, TX (Zone 8a)
I helped beta test the Garden Planting Calendar Charter ATP Member Region: Texas Roses Herbs Vegetable Grower
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Trish
Jan 21, 2015 1:40 PM CST

Garden.org Admin

You are ahead of me! They look great!!
NGA COO, Wife, Mom, and caretaker of 90 acres and all that dwell there.
Name: Karen
Cincinnati, Oh (Zone 6a)
Forum moderator I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Cut Flowers Winter Sowing Charter ATP Member Seed Starter
Echinacea Plant and/or Seed Trader Region: Ohio Region: United States of America Butterflies Hummingbirder
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kqcrna
Jan 21, 2015 3:40 PM CST
The vermiculite works great with echinaceas. Thumbs up

Karen
Name: Trish
Jacksonville, TX (Zone 8a)
I helped beta test the Garden Planting Calendar Charter ATP Member Region: Texas Roses Herbs Vegetable Grower
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Trish
Jan 21, 2015 3:43 PM CST

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I have plenty, so I might as well give it a go.
NGA COO, Wife, Mom, and caretaker of 90 acres and all that dwell there.

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