Echinacea Growing Guide

Planting Echinacea

  • Plant in spring after the last frost.
  • Keep plants cool until planting and becareful that they do not dry out.
  • These plants will grow in most soils provided they are not too wet and are adequately drained.
  • Choose a planting spot in full sun to partial shade.
  • Plant with the top of the crown, base of the fans 3 cm (1 in) below soil level and space 40 to 45 cm (16 to 18 in) apart. The roots should not be showing after planting.
  • Water thoroughly after planting.

Growing Echinacea

  • Water as needed during active growth periods, but allow the soil to become dry between watering.
  • This is a bold plant that can be used as a focal point in the middle or back of the garden.

Care Echinacea

  • These flowers last a long time as cut flowers, making them popular for arrangements and bouquets.
  • These flowers attract hummingbirds and butterflies.

Winterizing Echinacea

  • Foliage should be cut back in the fall.
  • For new plants, provide a winter mulch of evergreen boughs or salt marsh hay after the ground freezes to help prevent heaving.