Echinacea Pink Double Delight

So I bought two new plants for my garden yesterday:

Pink Double Delight

Hot Papaya


Aren't these gorgeous!? image

I hope they survive the winter here in Belgium.. but they seem to be very hardy?Also bought a white one and a light pink one with single flowers.

But those weren't so expensive as the two upper ones. image

I'm all into Echinacea at the moment.. just love these. image



  • ObelixxObelixx Posts: 10,659

    It depends where you are.  I rarely get echinacea that survive the usual winters here in the rural centre and also find them a favourite meal for slugs.   This last winter being so mild means I do have a few that have coped but they then were battered by the hail storm at the end of May and are taking their time to recover so it seems I can't win either way.

    The Vendée, France
  • Oh image luckily for me I don't have a slug problem hehe.

    My garden is covered with -tree-bark-? I have no clue how It's called in English?

    (the bark of trees) and slugs don't seem to like that. + The massive amount of birds here also help. image

  • ObelixxObelixx Posts: 10,659

    Chipped bark.   I use it on some paths in the far "woodland" corner of my garden. and have used it on beds too but it's breaking down now and has been incorporated into the soil.

    Lots of birds too but they don't eat the slugs.

    The Vendée, France
  • LynLyn Posts: 8,409

    I hope you can survive them but what you can do is take root cuttings, division of the plant, do this in october or when the flowers die down,


    you can pot them in compost and keep them in a frost free place, greenhouse or conservatory and you will have lots of new plants to plant out next Spring.

    Gardening on the wild, windy west side of Dartmoor. 
  • What if I pulled them apart right now? (divide them)
    Would that do damage to the roots and plant?

    + I just found the information card that was in the pot of the plant (pink double)

    and it says the plant should be able to handle -35 degrees Celsius!It -by the way- also says ''propagation is strictly prohibited without prior authorization from the breeder'' image  lol?

  • ObelixxObelixx Posts: 10,659

    That breeder's rights rule applies to propagation for sale, not to private gardeners increasing their own stock.    The best time to divide plants is either autumn or spring so wait a bit.

    My winters usually get to -25C though I have had -32C.  It's usually the winter wet that kills plants rather than the cold and a blanket of snow is also better than getting that cold with no protective covering.    Echinaceas are American prairie plants.    A wet Belgian winter is more damaging than a cold, dry or snow covered prairie winter.

    The Vendée, France
  • I see. Thanks for the info image I'll wait a bit longer in that case.


  • LynLyn Posts: 8,409

    I would go completely with Obe says.

    Gardening on the wild, windy west side of Dartmoor. 
  • ClaringtonClarington Posts: 4,892
    Gosh they are beautiful!!
  • JIMMMYJIMMMY Posts: 238

    Gosh! they are smashing looking colours, I have Hot P but it has not grown very well this year!

    As for hardiness, the latest new colours are very dodgy, I take cuttings which I overwinter in the GH so I can grow on next season!

    The old purple colours are as tough as old boots as is "Wild Berry" which is one of the cheaper ones to buy!

    Keep the pictures coming!


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