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Purple Coneflower, When to Collect Seed?

Posted by mdawdy 10 (My Page) on
Sun, Aug 26, 12 at 19:42

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.



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

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RE: Purple Coneflower, When to Collect Seed?

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.

RE: Purple Coneflower, When to Collect Seed?

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.


RE: Purple Coneflower, When to Collect Seed?

Just the info i need. Thank you!


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