How to Grow Purple Coneflower (Echinacea Purpurea)
The purple coneflower is a North American native perennial (it comes back year after year) that grows to 3 feet and has purple or white daisy-like flowers in summer.
things you’ll need:
- Bypass Pruners
- Compost Makers
- Garden Trowels
Planting a Purple Coneflower
- Plant in full sun in a spot with well-drained soil.
- Add a light application of organic fertilizer to the planting hole.
- Set the plants 1 foot apart.
Place the plants no deeper than they were growing in their containers.
Mulch around, but not on top of, the plants with 3 inches of organic compost.
- Water well until the soil is completely moist.
Caring for Purple Coneflowers
- Cut off the base of old flower stems using bypass pruners.
- Trim off old leaves in early spring with scissors.
- Mulch around, but not on top of, the plants with 3 inches of organic compost in spring.
- Water until soil is completely moist; do this weekly in summers with no rainfall.
Choosing a Purple Coneflower
- Buy purple coneflowers in spring and summer. They may be purchased in fall in milder climates.
- Look for plants at nurseries in 4-inch to 1-gallon pots.
- Choose healthy-looking plants with signs of new leaves and buds in spring and summer and that are still green in fall.