Planting echinacea in fall?

greenfreak(Z7 NY)July 23, 2009

Any objections? I'm reading all these threads on echinacea with great interest as all I've purchased so far is Magnus. I'm extremely happy with it but would like light colored echinacea to go with it as a contrast. White Swan seems universally accepted...

But do you think I would be better off waiting until spring? If I do find them locally, I would get the largest pot possible.

Thanks!!

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echinaceamaniac(7)

If you can find them in gallon pots that would work great.

    Bookmark   July 23, 2009 at 5:10PM
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dyhgarden(7b)

I love to plant in the fall. The perennial roots have time to get established over the winter before pushing up new growth and blooms. I DO NOT plant coreopsis in the fall or plants where my zone is at the edge of cold that they can handle. I've had great success with echinaceas that were planted in the fall.

Cameron

Planted in fall 2008:

Early summer 2009 photo of some of those new plants:

    Bookmark   July 23, 2009 at 9:54PM
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laceyvail(6A, WV)

Fall planting gives you what amounts to a year's leap on the next season, even in much colder zones than yours. Just do it at least 6 weeks before your first frost.

    Bookmark   July 24, 2009 at 5:57AM
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echinaceamaniac(7)

It also depends on the cultivar of Echinacea we are talking about. If it's any of the species it will be ok. However, some of the new cultivars need to be planted in spring, especially if you can't get a large plant.

Terra Nova told me not to plant Tiki Torch unless it was a gallon sized plant. I've seen several reports of people losing their plants that were planted in the fall.

    Bookmark   July 24, 2009 at 8:13AM
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greenfreak(Z7 NY)

Thanks everyone! I think I'm sticking to species for now. I'm trying to get the "must have" plants as the foundation for the beds so I want them to be tried and true. I can take chances later, which will give me more time to read all your comments on them and learn from you. :)

I think I'm going to stick with White Swan, get maybe three, and leave the rest till next year. Thanks!

    Bookmark   July 24, 2009 at 8:38AM
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echinaceamaniac(7)

White Swan is awesome. It's definitely a tried a true plant!

    Bookmark   July 24, 2009 at 9:34AM
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garry_z7a_md

I really like 'White Swan' too. I also have 'Fragrant Angel' which has received a lot of hype over the past few years. It's nice...but i like the appearance and performance of 'White Swan' more.

    Bookmark   July 24, 2009 at 2:11PM
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ginkgonut(4)

I've put in Echinacea as late as the end of october in MN and they always make it. I wouldn't worry, especially with white swan which is not one of the touchier cultivars.

    Bookmark   July 24, 2009 at 11:59PM
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