Purple Coneflower, When to Collect Seed?

mdawdyAugust 26, 2012

I have 3 purple coneflower plants in my 3000 sq ft backyard "meadow". My plan is to collect the seeds [along with other seed], mix with some peat or promix, and spread in sunny areas after i mow in the fall.

I am wondering when is the best time to collect the seed? or how to recognize when the seed is ready to be picked? I do not want to be too soon, or to be too late and be collecting just chafe.

Thanx,

Mick

Here is a link that might be useful: SummerTime In My Meadow

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kaliaman

no ads here please mikiohung, this is a plant forum.

gather the seeds in late summer- fall. when ready the seed head will sort of fall apart in your hand as you go to pick it. the best seeds are straw colored, large and plump.

    Bookmark   August 27, 2012 at 11:40AM
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fatamorgana2121(Zone 5/6)

When the stem to the flower is dried up that is a pretty good signal that the seed head isn't getting anything more from the plant for any type of plant. I snip off the heads and let them finish drying/mature, if needed, before working out the seeds.

With echinacea specifically, I have to usually contend with seed-eating finches for the seed so I try to collect as soon as possible.

FataMorgana

    Bookmark   August 27, 2012 at 12:25PM
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mdawdy

Just the info i need. Thank you!

Mick

    Bookmark   August 27, 2012 at 8:55PM
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