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How to Water Coneflowers (Echinacea)


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Grown for their tall, showy, purple blooms, coneflowers, or Echinacea purpea, are a perennial flower that grow to a height of 2 to 4 feet tall. Loved by flower aficionados and butterflies alike, coneflowers can be found in meadows, along walkways, edging flower beds or dressing up a butterfly garden. Along with their beauty, coneflowers are often grown for their medicinal purposes — echinacea is used in many herbal extracts. To keep coneflowers healthy, they need to have the right amount of moisture.

Difficulty:
Easy

Instructions

things you’ll need:
  • Watering can or water hose
    1. Water coneflowers with 1 to 2 inches of water once a week for the first 6 weeks after they are planted. This practice will allow their root systems to grow strong and become developed.
    2. Allow the soil to dry between waterings once the plants’ roots have developed.
    3. Water the coneflowers at the base of the plant at the soil line, avoiding getting the foliage wet. Water until the soil is saturated.
    4. Water coneflowers every two weeks in dry summer months. If your growing area has received enough rain to moisten the soil, coneflowers should not need any extra watering.

Tips & Warnings

  • Do not overwater coneflowers once the roots are established. According to Ron Smith, horticulturalist for North Dakota State University Extension, nothing will ruin a coneflower plant faster than too much water.

  • Never make homemade herbal preparations with purple coneflower unless you have studied with an herbalist.

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