Echinacea ‘Hot Papaya’

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The hybrid coneflowers are making such an amazing show in the garden now, we just had to share.  Here is Echinacea ‘Hot Papaya’...part of a stunning 3′ tall, five year old clump.  They key to growing echinaceas is to plant them in well-drained soil, and do so before September.  It’s also very important to cut the flowers off before they bloom and until they get well established.

7 thoughts on “Echinacea ‘Hot Papaya’

  1. What do you mean when you say ‘It’s also very important to cut the flowers off before they bloom and until they get well established’? Cutting flowers before they bloom seems counter intuitive. Do you mean on YOUNG PLANTS only (e.g. not well established plants)?

    • For some reasons, flowering on young echinacea plants comes at the expense of good root development. Many folks have found that young echinaceas tend to flower themselves to death and consequently don’t overwinter the first season. By removing the early flowers before the open until a substantial basal rosette develops dramatically increases establishment and overwintering.

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