Coneflowers, part of the Echinacea family, are native to North America. The plants range from 2 to 4 feet tall and feature brightly colored flowers atop dark green foliage. Coneflowers rely on bees and birds to transfer pollen, as they cannot self-pollinate. Plant coneflower seeds in partial to full sun once all danger of frost has passed in the spring. Germination may take up to 28 days.
Difficulty: Moderately Easy
Mix 1 lb. of coneflower seeds with 1 qt. of sand. Sprinkle the mixture evenly over the growing area. This amount of seed/sand mixture should cover about 5,500 square feet of land.
Water the area lightly to provide water for germination. Maintain moisture throughout the germination period. Monitor the moisture level and water in periods of dry weather.
Place a thin layer of mulch over the planting site to reduce weed growth and conserve water.
Fertilize your coneflower during its first two years of growth by sprinkling each stem group with one-half cup of all-purpose, slow-release fertilizer. Do not fertilize new shoots and stems.