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Name: VickiGene Bauer
Athens, Georgia USA (Zone 8a)
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VickiGene
Jul 7, 2017 10:20 PM CST
I've tried for several years to get the seeds out of a dried coneflower head BUT always find it just too painful. The seeds are packed so densely that it's like handling a large sandspur! I haven't resorted to using a hammer to break the conehead OR pliers to pull the seeds out. Should I just leave the dried heads on the plant for the winter birds to feed on?
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Tjh1949
Jul 8, 2017 12:12 PM CST
I have been planting Coneflower seeds for years. I plant the entire dried head in the fall. Then in the early early Spring, rake through the area where the seed head was planted to distribute the seeds. I have had great luck doing it this way. Every year I have hundreds of new starts. I do a lot a sharing!!
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Weedwhacker
Jul 8, 2017 3:01 PM CST
Tjh1949 said:I have been planting Coneflower seeds for years. I plant the entire dried head in the fall. Then in the early early Spring, rake through the area where the seed head was planted to distribute the seeds. I have had great luck doing it this way. Every year I have hundreds of new starts. I do a lot a sharing!!


That is something I have never thought to do (and I've also struggled to get the seeds out, assuming I get to the cones before they've all been picked out by the birds). Brilliant -- and acorn-worthy, IMO Thumbs up

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Name: VickiGene Bauer
Athens, Georgia USA (Zone 8a)
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VickiGene
Jul 8, 2017 7:01 PM CST
Indeed, BRILLIANT response and one I'd never thought of. Thanks for such a quick reply. I'm excited to see if I have similar results.

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