seedbandito(7 NC)October 11, 2005

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.


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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.

    Bookmark   October 11, 2005 at 1:30PM
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peat_moss(z6 Mo)

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

    Bookmark   October 11, 2005 at 2:27PM
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peat_moss(z6 Mo)

If you go to the FAQ pages, you'll find a description of the seed as well as a way to get them out.

    Bookmark   October 11, 2005 at 2:30PM
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seedbandito(7 NC)

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.


    Bookmark   October 11, 2005 at 4:51PM
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little_dani(9, S. Tex Coast)

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.


    Bookmark   October 14, 2005 at 11:29PM
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Yeah, I've had people send me the spines. The seed looks like space shuttles...

    Bookmark   October 17, 2005 at 2:04PM
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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.

Happy Gardening,


    Bookmark   March 13, 2008 at 7:43PM
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