Echinacea or coneflower is one of the most beloved of garden perennials in the early parts of our century and breeders around the world have been working their magic with this plant
Echinacea ‘Cheyenne Spirit’ is a seed-generated plant that homeowners can start themselves to achieve this kind of flower show
- Height: 24 – 36 inches.
- Sun: Full hot sun
- Plant apart: 24-inches is recommended
- Hardiness: USDA 4
- Flowering: First year from seed if sown in early January. Second year if sown later. From mid-summer onwards when it does flower
How To Germinate This Echinacea Seed
- Sow seed on top of damp soilless mix. You can either leave them exposed to light or “very” lightly cover them. They do not require dark conditions to germinate.
- They do want a 65-70F soil temperature for good germination so this means they’ll start better if you use a seedling heat mat.
- They should germinate in 10-15 days at these soil temperatures. Transplanting to a larger pot for growing-on is 20-28 days after germination if you’re growing them properly in a 68F room.
- Plant outdoors after all danger of frost.
- If you want more detailed perennial seed collection and germination instructions, click here
My Notes and Review of Echinacea ‘Cheyenne Spirit’
Seed sown April 4 – too late for flowering in 2013 so will treat for blooms in 2014 by not allowing them to set buds.
November 13. re note above. Yeah right! They bloomed. 🙂 Heavily. Amazingly well. I love this plant – it was the standout performer in our full sun garden. Visitors asked about it, took pictures. Lusted after our collection.
I shared a few seedlings with neighbors – they liked theirs but wanted all the colors in mine (I only gave everybody one seedling) 🙂
Grow it. 🙂
Spring 2015: About 20% of the plants survived the first winter. I suspect we’ll have to follow typical Echinacea blooming rules (not allow them to bloom in year one) to increase hardiness
Sept 2015: A half-dozen plants germinated from seed left in the garden over the winter. All were a red shade. Whether the others didn’t germinate, or ? is unknown.
For now, I’m considering it a half-hardy perennial if you decide to allow it to bloom in year one.
The article on growing Echinacea or coneflower is here