Can someone please tell me what the echinacea seeds look like? I've got a terrible feeling I've been saving the wrong part. No searches have produced pictures of echinacea seeds. Thanks for your help.
The seed on mine are light brown and 1\8 to 3\16 inches long. One end of the seed is square and the other tapers to a point. They have to be really dry before you try to get the seed out.
Here's a picture Nancy. The seeds are not the first things to drop when you start fiddling with the head. I found I literally had to pick them out with a tweezers. They're pretty deeply imbedded. It can be a painful seed to collect.
Here is a link that might be useful: coneflower
If you go to the FAQ pages, you'll find a description of the seed as well as a way to get them out.
Oh my gosh!!! I've been throwing out the seed and keeping the chaff!!!! Thank you so much for setting me straight. I can't imagine why some poor soul hasn't set me straight after all my trades of them. I am such a boob!!! Thanks again.
You are not a boob! We have all done something like that. It is called the process of learning.
I have to put my echinacea seed in a baggie with some damp vermiculite and chill for about 6 weeks. If I chill them, they germinate just fine. If I skip that step, they don't. I don't know why.
Yeah, I've had people send me the spines. The seed looks like space shuttles...
Echinacea seeds do not require any chilling. Just keep them moist not soggy, @ 68 to 70F. Germination in begins in 3 weeks. I have always had 100% success.
It might be that the "chilling" process is the fact that the damp vermiculite is working on the seed and not the cold.