Echinacea Care - Knowledgebase Question

Quincy, MA
Question by macdsa
July 5, 2007
My Echinecea are growing well (I have 13) but the flowers look weak. They are not filled out and the color is dull. I did put some Miracle Grow timed release fertilizer in my garden a month or two ago. Any ideas to make the flowers look more robust?

Answer from NGA
July 5, 2007


Echinacea is relatively easy to grow in well draining soil in a sunny site. While they will tolerate some shade, they won't flowers as well as they could in a sunnier site. There are no particular disease problems that would cause what you describe so I suspect it is environmental. Late season cold damage, perhaps? In any event, I would cut off the flowers that look puny to force the plant to produce healthy new flowers.

Best wishes with your purple coneflowers!

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