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How to grow Echinacea

How to grow Echinacea

Learn how to grow Echinacea with our step by step guide. Echinacea is considered to be of immense medicinal value, besides being an ornamental garden flower. Medicinal products available at herbal stores usually contain different species of Echinacea in varying compositions.

Echinacea, commonly referred to as coneflower, is a genus of herbaceous flowering plants in the daisy family Asteraceae.

These are herbaceous, drought-tolerant perennial plants with large heads of composite flowers, and leaves with normally a rough texture. Some coneflower species have linear to tapering leaves, and others have elliptic to ovate-shaped leaves.

They prefer full sun but can usually tolerate partial shade conditions, and do well in average or poor soil. There are no serious pests or diseases that impact these plants.

Popularly believed to be an immuno-stimulator, Echinacea stimulates the body's non-specific immune system helping to ward off infections. Echinacea medicines are not recommended for everyone, as there are also some reported adverse effects of Echinacea including asthma attacks, abdominal pain, nausea, and dizziness.

How to grow Echinacea

Echinacea is very easy to grow from seed!

  • Simply sow the seeds when the soil reaches 55-70 degrees Fahrenheit in the spring.
  • Sow on the surface of the soil and after the seeds begin to germinate lightly cover the seeds with about 1/8 of an inch of soil.
  • Thin the plants out so that they are 18 to 24 inches apart.
  • Germination should occur within 10-20 days. After germination the plants will grow very quickly.

A few things to keep in mind when cultivating Echinacea are that most types of Echinacea will comfortably grow in zones 3-10 and they prefer part shade to full sun. The soil should be neutral, with a pH rating between 6 and 8 and well drained, however, they will generally do ok in clay laden soils as well. Be sure to control weeds as Echinacea will do better with less of them in their growing area. They will bloom from June to October and will attract butterflies and enhance any garden!

Echinacea Pests and Diseases

There have been no significant diseases found which affect the roots of Echinacea plants, but cucumber mosaic virus has been noted to cause yellow mottling on the leaves. This appears to be a direct reaction to aphid leaf feeding. Therefore, aphid control on young plants is recommended. Echinacea plants are an asset to any garden. Not only will they provide beauty, but they will also attract butterflies. What a beautiful, healthy addition to have in your garden!

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