Echinacea (Coneflower)
Echinacea Southern Belle ppaf

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Echinacea 'Southern Belle'

Coneflower

Patent No: ppaf

Plant Type: Perennials

New selection from AB cultivars, extreme vigor and amazing flower power, exceptional long bloom time, flat outer ray petals radiate from the double, deep magenta centers, one of the most floriferous selections to date

Item

Description

4519175 3"plug - (30/pack)

Height:

30-36 Inches

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Hardiness Zone:

4-9

Echinacea

Common Name: Coneflower

ECHINACEA (Coneflower) have always been a mainstay in the sunny perennial garden. Their popularity has skyrocketed in recent years due to intensive breeding programs that have produced fatastic new colors and introduced double and semi-double forms. They tolerate of a wide range of conditions, including heat drought and heat tolerance. Plant in full sun in average soil. Attractive cone heads add winter interest and are good for dried arrangements.

Plant: Center in pot and plant crown at or just below the soil surface. If planting plugs, make sure plug trays have been watered prior to transplanting. This will ensure quicker and more even root penetration into the surrounding new soil. If plugs are root bound, loosen the roots in the lower third of the plug prior to transplanting.

Water: Echinacea do not like to be overwatered. Keep soil moist (not wet) after transplanting to facilitate root and shoot growth. Once actively growing, allow soil to dry between waterings.

Grow: Grow in full sun at 55 - 60°F minimum night temperatures. After growth appears, fertilize with 200 ppm Nitrogen every 7-10 days. Too much fertilizer can lead to root and crown rots.

Lightning: For early spring plantings, Echinacea will finish quicker if grown under long days. Provide supplemental night interruption light for a minimum of 14 hours light

PGR's: Most commercially available plant growth regulators are effective in controlling plant height. Consult label instructions.

Diseases: Mostly susceptible to botrytis, pythium, and Aster yellows. Use preventive fungicides and good cultural practices to reduce susceptibility.

Vernalized plugs: Echinacea are cold beneficial plants, i.e. they do not need cold treatment to flower, but benefit from receiving one. All our Echinacea (including all other perennials) are fully vernalized (cold treatment). Plugs have been grown since last summer and with the onset of colder weather, are allowed to go dormant and be vernalized. This process produces the largest crowns with greater eye development, resulting in faster flowering, more even flowering, and greater flower production.

Characteristics & Attributes

Exposure
Sun Tolerant
Shade Tolerant
Soil Moisture Needs
Average Soil
Nature Attraction
Attracts Butterflies
Critter Resistance
Deer Resistant
Attributes
Drought Tolerant
Good Cut Flower / Foliage
Dried Flower
Season of Interest (Flowering)
Late Spring / Early Summer
Season of Interest (Foliage)
Winter
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