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Hi all,

Recently I've started thinking about starting a national collection of Echinacea. a absolutely love them and they have so many plus points!

I wanted some advise really as to how:

1) You go  about starting a collection 

2) What different cultivwoul species it would have to include 

3) If I could do it in my back gardens?

Thanks in advance, Ryan


  • *cultivars/ species

  • nutcutletnutcutlet Posts: 27,416

    Plant Heritage is the organisation you need to contact Ryan

    In the sticks near Peterborough
  • verdun i bought two tomato soup for my hot bed from tatton show, do you think it was cold or wet or both that caused them to wither away i also have flame thrower have you got that and has it survived.

    should i take them in to the greenhouse

    thank you in advance Ann

  • Nut - Thankyou, just had a look and it does seem a bit confusing, it doesn't actually tell you how to set one up, or Atleast I didn't acknowledge it :P

    Verdun - I chose echinacea because I grow: Purpurea (Magnus and white swan) and echinacea augustifolia - Then there's the amount it helps bees and butterflies, they always look great and they're vibrant and I think my nans garden is the perfect spot to grow them, it's in full sun, free draining soil and is sheltered from wind etc

  • WelshonionWelshonion Posts: 3,114

    Don't want to discourage Ryan, but there already seems to be a National Collection of echinaceas.  Why do you not visit it and pick the brains of the man that has it?

  • nutcutletnutcutlet Posts: 27,416

    There's a lot of work and organisation involved in an NC. More than growing a lot of them. 

    In the sticks near Peterborough
  • thanks verdun the plants were good big ones and have been in the garden since july so iwill hope they come through the winter 

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