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Lights out for Echinacea tiki torch/orange varieties

Posted by greenthumbon1hand 4 (My Page) on
Mon, Oct 14, 13 at 21:29

Sorry for the cheesy subject line......

Has anyone had problems with tiki torch? I've planted around 10 or them, and have had 1 overwinter. I've read that there are problems with the genetics, and I'm wondering what other people's experiences are, as well as with any of the other orange echinaceas (my fav color is orange, and I would like to try other varieties, but I'm getting the feeling that I'm just making a donation to garden centers when I buy one).


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RE: Lights out for Echinacea tiki torch/orange varieties

No experience with tiki torch here but I'm interested to know, too. I saw tiki torch on bluestone (I think) and I love it. I've been considering getting a few but have been a little apprehensive due to some of the newer echinaceas... issues, lets call them.

RE: Lights out for Echinacea tiki torch/orange varieties

As with many of the paradoxa hybrids, this one seems to rot over winter more easily then the straight types for people.

I have had a few now for many years without issue. I have only lost one from aphids at the crown. So give them great drainage, don't mulch up the crown, and go from there.

Though I think tiki has the best orange, you can also now try out either starting from seed or buying plants of the 'Cheyenne spirit' line. A portion of them will come in as orange as well.

RE: Lights out for Echinacea tiki torch/orange varieties

Over wintered its first year here in 2b for me. Not overly vigorous but I was impressed with the beautiful orange blooms that became more lovely I thought as they aged. Remains to be seen if it will survive another winter.

RE: Lights out for Echinacea tiki torch/orange varieties

Thanks for the replies!

What did you do to over winter yours?

RE: Lights out for Echinacea tiki torch/orange varieties

Just good snow cover(not a problem here!) I had my doubts it would survive by what I had heard about its hardiness so I was presently surprised.

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