Best time of year to plant Echinacea angustifolia
Answered by: Inge Poot
Question from: Rachel Margolin
Posted on: September 28, 2009

I’d like to get some live Echinacea angustifolia plants and I’d like to know when the best time to plant them outside would be. I am in the USA, S. Central MO in Ozarks, in a frost prone valley of zone 6.

We ship our plants in pots and the plants will therefore not suffer any root-shock when they are planted out of doors. But to be able survive the winter well, the plant should have enough time to root in properly, so it does not get frost-heaved out of the ground in winter. Mulching will minimize this problem. The best time is spring, since plants naturally have a big growth spurt at that time and have all season to root well. This is especially important for E. angustifolia, since it is the most fussy of all the echinacea species.

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