All Things Gardening forum: purple coneflower

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Name: Heath
sevierville TN (Zone 7a)
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plantcollector
Jun 2, 2015 7:45 PM CST
I left my purple coneflower seeds for the birds over the winter and this is what I got in the spring I can't bring myself to pull them but I don't want to leave them there.
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Name: Larry
Enterprise, Al. 36330 (Zone 8b)
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Seedfork
Jun 2, 2015 8:14 PM CST
When you have that many you have to be ruthless and really pull the mass of them, or they will be way too crowed. I made myself pull hundreds of them, but still let them get too thick. The same with celosia, but I did a much better job pulling what seemed like thousands of those and they are still coming up every day.
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Name: Sandy B.
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Weedwhacker
Jun 2, 2015 9:38 PM CST
Ah -- thinning... so difficult, and yet so necessary! Blinking

I need to do the same thing with my dill that self-sowed a little (huge understatement) too exuberantly this year... Sticking tongue out
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Name: Kyla
Richmond, VA (Zone 6b)
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kylaluaz
Jun 3, 2015 3:29 AM CST
You can always pot some up and give away to unsuspecting neighbors! (Seriously though, many people would be delighted to have a coneflower plant. Smiling )
Name: Heath
sevierville TN (Zone 7a)
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plantcollector
Jun 3, 2015 5:12 AM CST
I was thinking about potting some them. And relocating some around the yard.I hate throwing good plants away.
Name: Kyla
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kylaluaz
Jun 3, 2015 5:18 AM CST
Same here.

I have a coneflower forest, in fact, that I started intentionally last year. I probably did put them too close together, but I am thinking they will help push back the sweet shrub in that corner of the garden. I'm going to let it be for now and see how things develop over there. It's all an experiment anyway. Green Grin!
Name: Roy
Central Illinois (Zone 5b)
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Reartinetiller
Jun 17, 2015 4:59 PM CST
Cone flowers are on of my favorite flowers. Started mine last year form seed and one or two blooms all summer. This year is different. They are loaded with blooms. Roy
Name: Deb
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Bonehead
Jun 17, 2015 6:30 PM CST
I struggle with both echinacea and rudbeckia. Sparse return and no perceptive reseeding. I stay away from the fancy new cultivars, but still a disappointment.
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Claudia
Jun 19, 2015 8:27 AM CST
Same here. I pull but as older plants get weak or die I let new ones grow in. I had different varieties at one time but now they have all been cross pollinated and are unique. I love watching the goldfinch eat the seeds in the late summer & fall. I have both Echinacea & rudbekia & both reseed well here.
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