Keep Your Perennial Coneflowers Coming Back Year After Year 

In any garden, perennial coneflowers (Echinacea) are lovely. Help them return year after year with these tips.

Plant coneflowers in broad sun. They prefer well-drained soil, so prevent standing water.  

Select a Location  

Plant coneflowers in a hole slightly larger than the root ball and loosen the soil at the bottom. The crown (where the roots meet the stem) should be level with the soil when you plant it.  

Proper Planting

While coneflowers are drought-tolerant once established, they need constant watering in their first growing season to build a strong root system. Water deeply yet rarely to promote deep root growth.  


Mulch the plant bases to retain moisture, manage soil temperature, and reduce weeds. Avoid mulching the plant crown, which can decay.  


Remove wasted flowers periodically to keep the plant flowering and avoid seed production. This maintains the plant's look and prevents self-seeding and overpopulation.  


Divide established coneflower clusters every few years to renew and prevent overcrowding. Dig up the clump, carefully divide the roots, and transplant in well-prepared soil.  


For poor soil, apply a balanced, slow-release fertilizer in spring. Coneflowers don't need much fertilization. Avoid high-nitrogen fertilizers, which promote foliage over blooms.  


Once the ground freezes, mulch helps protect the roots from temperature swings in hard winters. Cut down dead foliage in late fall or early spring to clean up the garden and eradicate disease sources.  

Winter Care  


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