How To Grow Coneflowers – A Stunning Drought Resistant Perennial! 

Coneflowers like full light but may tolerate moderate shade. Choose an area of your garden with at least 6 hours of sunlight. Since they hate waterlogging, make sure the soil is well-drained.  

Choose the Right Location 

Work soil to loosen and eradicate weeds. Though versatile, coneflowers need well-drained, slightly acidic to neutral soil. Add compost to soil to promote fertility and drainage.  

Prepare the Soil 

Grow coneflowers from seeds, transplants, or divisions. Plant seeds directly in the garden in late fall or early spring, lightly covering them. Transplants and divisions should be planted 18–24 inches apart at the same depth as their containers.  

Planting Coneflowers 

Coneflowers are drought-tolerant once established, but they need regular watering in the first season to build a robust root system. Other than lengthy dry seasons, they rarely need irrigation.  


Mulch your coneflowers to preserve moisture, reduce weeds, and equalize soil temperature.  


Coneflowers need little fertilizing and grow without it. If your soil is nutrient-poor, add a balanced fertilizer in early spring. Package instructions provide application rates.  


To keep the plant flowering and prevent seeding, deadhead wasted blossoms regularly. To clean the plant and promote new growth, trim the stems to a few inches above the ground in late fall or early spring.  

Deadheading and Pruning 

Aphids, powdery mildew, and aster yellows can trouble coneflowers, although they are usually pest-resistant. Apply insecticidal soap or neem oil for bugs and fungicide for fungi immediately.  

Pest and Disease Control 

Tall coneflowers may need staking or other support to avoid falling over, especially in heavy rain or wind.  

Supporting Tall Varieties 

Your coneflowers will bloom from summer to fall with little care, attracting bees and butterflies.  

Enjoy the Blooms 

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