SUCCESS With the new Echinaceas
Currently, there is a lengthy discussion about a frustrating lack of success with the new Echinaceas, yet I'm optimistically hoping that some of us have had better luck with the new Echinaceas. I would very much like to find out if some of them can be relied upon because I am quite taken with them and would like to feel a little more confident about buying more.
Please, please, do chime in with your list of Echinaceas that have over wintered successfully for you.
As for me, I have had great luck so far with HOT SUMMER and SALSA RED and they are heavily blooming now in my garden, and have been since mid May. They look fabulous with tons of blooms and more coming.
I have four plants of POW WOW WILD BERRY and they are growing well and will soon be in bloom.
Two plants of HOT PAPAYA and one plant of GUAVA ICE and three plants of FLAME THROWER all over wintered, but they are noticeably lagging in comparison - they are shorter than those mentioned above, and apparently will need considerably more time before coming into bloom. But they did overwinter successfully.
I should add that all the Echinaceas were purchased in one gallon containers and were already robust plants with lots of growing stems. Previously, I had had no success in overwintering old faithful Echinacea purpurea when planted out from six pack size, so I think it would be good advice to start with larger plants.