Not sure what cutting the flower back by one third means. It states to cut the coneflower back by one third. Does that mean to cut the bloom and stem by one third?
Yes, leave 1/3 of the bottom stem remaining above ground.
Recently mulched area in Michigan City, Indiana had this goo everywhere. Purple coneflowers, black eyed susans, feather read grass, and vinca minor surrounding goo.
I believe this to be Slime Mold.
It can appear suddenly in moist warm weather.
It is commonly found in mulch that contains a lot of hardwood.
It can be pink, brown, orange, tan and other colors. New hardwood mulch is the perfect feeding ground for this mold.
As the mulch ages it is less likely to support the mold.
You do not need to treat it, simply remove with a shovel and dispose of.
I just planted coneflower seeds as directed...compressing them in the soil. Do I need to water them now and how often should they be watered?
If you have all ready placed the seeds in the ground I would leave them for hopeful spring germination.
Do not water now.
You also can plant in the spring.
Here is a link with more information.
Good day, I made some tea from Echinacea but feel it to be a waste throwing away the plant material. I am sure if one can drink it you can eat it also, but just want to make sure. Thanks
The leaves and flowers are edible.
The remaining of the plant is most often used to make tinctures and other medicinal methods.
Newly planted coneflowers (1 month in the ground). Many buds have developed but are not opening into flowers. How soon should I expect flowers instead of only buds? Plants were gallon size from the nursery.
Flowering will depend on the growing conditions, soil nutrients, sunlight and watering.
Here is an article that will refresh you on the care requirements.
Planting in December on bare ground has worked somewhat well for the three acres of wildflowers I have planted on my farm. Now, I want to plant one acre of purely purple coneflowers. What do you recommend? A friend thinks a light disking after sowing the seed on bare ground in December would be helpful. Leaving the seed uncovered requires about three years before we get blooming flowers. Thanks for your attention.
Spread the seed over the worked soil and then compress the seed into the soil by walking on it.
For large areas you can use a lawn roller.
One tip is to mix the seeds with clean white sandbox sand (the kind the sell for sandboxes-this is non toxic) Mix the seed with the sand and then you can scatter the seed and actually see where you have sown the seed.
We have a pretty big problem with aphids and powdery mildew on two of our three coneflowers. Since it's mid-August already, should we cut our losses, cut the coneflowers down now, and use the solutions you provided in your articles to prevent it from happening again next year - or - will the early pruning be detrimental to the long term health of the plants? Thanks so much!!
It is likely the plants will not have any issues with being cut down now. Dispose of the plants so that the insects and Powdery Mildew does not spread.
I myself just did the same cut back in my own garden.