Garden Tips

Red coneflower - cultivation and care


The red coneflower is a valuable medicinal plant that shouldn't be missing in any garden. Read more about the cultivation and care of this plant here.

Helps against colds: the red coneflower

The bright pink and orange-red blooming coneflower is one of the most famous medicinal plants in our gardens. Echinacea (scientific name) is primarily used for colds, but also for general strengthening of the immune system and for healing injuries.

The red coneflower is very suitable as a cut plant, which is why it is now available in the garden store in various flower colors, including white - but not to be confused with the yellow coneflower (rudbeckia).

Cultivation

The red coneflower prefers to grow in a sunny, sheltered location. Unless you are already using this plant as a perennial in the garden, you can plant the seeds of the plant outdoors in spring (April - May). Always cover the seeds 2 centimeters thick with soil.

The red coneflower is ideal as a perennial plant in colorful flower borders, whereby it can reach a height of up to 120 centimeters. If he likes his location, he spreads at lightning speed and at the same time magically attracts the most colorful butterflies.

The red coneflower magically attracts butterflies

" Tip:

You should cut off the red coneflower every 3 years after flowering, divide it carefully with a spade and lift it out of the ground. You can then use the divided plants in a new, nutrient-rich location. If you implement or divide the perennial, you will get the flowering power of the parent plant.

Maintenance

Fertilize:

The robust, hardy coneflower loves a nutrient-rich soil, which is why you should incorporate plenty of compost into the soil around the perennial in spring and autumn. It is then hardly necessary to add fertilizer.

Rear section:

Furthermore, the red coneflower is a continuous bloomer from August until autumn, and the parts of the plant that have faded must be removed from time to time.

The best time to prune is in spring

In autumn, after flowering, you should cut back the perennials completely - up to 10 centimeters above the ground. If you do not use the perennials for further processing, you should do it in spring, because the fruit heads (seeds) of the red coneflower serve the birds as an important food source in winter.

To water:

The red coneflower does not tolerate waterlogging. It can even do without water for several days. On hot days, however, you should water it regularly.

Harvesting and processing

The flowering herb of the red coneflower is mostly harvested. In the first year, however, you should only make a cut from the end of August to September. In the second year you can then make another cut at the end of October.

If you want to process the red coneflower into tea, then you have to dry it immediately at around 45 degrees. You can also use the fresh parts of the plant (green stems, flower base) to make honey (with flower honey or mountain honey).

You can process the red coneflower into tea

If the plant has to be divided, you can also process the roots of the coneflower into tea. To do this, clean the roots well, crush them and also dry them.