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Echinacea purpurea - a plant that everyone should have in the garden. And not too little of that either. So here's how you can multiply the red coneflower.Red sun hat
It blooms bright pink, is an integral part of the German gardens and is one thing above all: a wonderful remedy for colds. The red coneflower can also strengthen the immune system and contribute to better healing of injuries. No wonder that pretty much everyone wants the red coneflower in the garden. Recommended reading: Red coneflower - cultivation and care.
A plant alone is often not enough for most people, which is why they want to multiply it. You usually have three options. In addition to conventional propagation from seeds, propagation by division and cultivation from cuttings are also possible. You just have to try out which variant you like best.
This is how you can multiply the red coneflower
❃ Possibility 1 - propagation by seeds:
➤ Best time for this propagation option: spring
If you choose this form of propagation, you have to be very careful with the seedlings, because they are very delicate and delicate. Before sowing, it is important to let the seeds soak in water. Between March and July you can then sow them in a bowl filled with soil. The distance between the individual seeds should then be one to two centimeters. Then cover very lightly with earth, place in a warm room with temperatures around 20 degrees and make sure that the earth is always nice and moist.
At first the roundish cotyledons appear. Only then does the actual leaves begin to form. As soon as these are developed, the seedlings can move into flower pots. After about six to eight weeks, the plants should reach a height of 10 to 20 cm and have formed several pairs of leaves. Then you can place the plants in the field. Please keep a distance of about 30 cm between the individual plants.
The coneflower should not go outdoors until late frosts are no longer expected, i.e. at the earliest at the end of April / beginning of May. It is also important that you place the plants in a deep soil, because the red coneflower does not get waterlogging or dryness very well.
❃ Option 2 - multiplication by division:
➤ Best time for this propagation option: autumn
If you already have a well-developed, strong red coneflower in the garden, you do not need to buy seeds if you want to propagate the plant. Finally, you can also share the sun hat. To do this, carefully lift the plant out of the ground with a digging fork and divide it into two or more parts (depending on how lush it is). Then plant the individual parts again, keeping a minimum distance of 40 cm each.
If the plants are still quite young and have very filigree roots, it is better not to divide the plants with a spade or a knife, but rather to pull them apart by hand.
❃ Option 3 - propagation through cuttings:
➤ Best time for this propagation option: late summer
Propagation by cuttings is also possible with the red coneflower. To do this, take a closer look at the flower stems in late summer and select those that have at least three pairs of leaves and do not bloom. Then cut these flower stems and place them in a layer of growing soil around three centimeters high. Then pour on properly.
It takes about six weeks for the roots to develop sufficiently. Then you can put each plant in a flowerpot. Then, after seven days, carefully cut off the shoot tips, then you go into winter rest. During this time, you should put the pots in a place where it is neither too cold nor too warm. In addition, the earth must never dry out. By the spring, strong seedlings should have developed, which are then allowed to move outdoors.