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As a comment about Coneflower (Echinacea 'Hot Papaya'), lovemyhouse wrote:

Echinaceas tend to die quickly in my yard. Have heavy clay and probably don't amend as much as these need. Last year, I planted several varieties and paid attention to the advice to keep them from blooming the first year. Looks like it worked, at least for now.
Hurst, TX (Zone 8a)
luis_pr
Aug 21, 2015 3:50 PM CST
How are your coneflowers doing in Garland?
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lovemyhouse
Aug 21, 2015 4:24 PM CST
The purpurea and Cheyenne Spirit are doing okay in ground. Everything else is potted, including the Hot Papaya--I dug it up. We had flooding rains throughout May that compacted my clay soil, then no rain at all for more than 40 days. They don't like those conditions. Shrug!
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Hurst, TX (Zone 8a)
luis_pr
Aug 21, 2015 10:37 PM CST
And we are supposed to get more rains from El Nin~o this Fall so you may want to keep them potted even longer.
Name: Debra
Garland, TX (NE Dallas suburb) (Zone 8a)
Service dogs: Angels with paws.
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lovemyhouse
Aug 22, 2015 1:05 AM CST
I have a project in mind to create a bed just for the Echinaceas where the soil can be heavily amended in that section (which I don't normally do), but I want to wait for what is in the space now to bloom first. That will be next Spring, so the Echinaceas will probably be staying in those pots over Winter, anyway. Smiling
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