hollie hockhollie hock Posts: 3,289

I grew some Echinecias from seed last year. Planted them out and eventually they did grow to the point of having a flower head on them. I've left them in situ and now they look like dead sticks.

Should I cut them back?

Thanks for any information or advice as I've not grown them before.


  • nutcutletnutcutlet Posts: 24,024

    Hi hollie hock,

    Anything dead can be cut off anything. It will have no further use. All herbaceous perennials die back. You can either cut them off in autumn or spring. I tend to walk on the garden and cut in autumn and leave those I can reach from grass or path til spring. Some of them look nice through winter (but not this winter, everything went soggy and rotten). That way I don't walk on the bulbs as they come through

  • jo4eyesjo4eyes Posts: 2,032

    Hollie, you may find that if you look closely at the base of the stems, there may already be signs of fresh growth. If so, I'd cut them back to just above that growth & all being well they'll flower better this yr- assuming we get some sun!

    If, however there isnt any sign of new growth & the remaining top growth is well & truely dead, which it probably will be, then a gentle tug of the plant should indicate whether it's still ok. If all dead, the tug allows the whole to completely come out. image J.

  • sotongeoffsotongeoff Posts: 9,806

    Hols -guard against the revenge of the molluscsimage

  • nutcutletnutcutlet Posts: 24,024

    Geoff, it was molluscs revenge last year, it's our turn this year

  • How long do they take to germinate?
  • hollie hockhollie hock Posts: 3,289

    Morning all, thanks for your replies. Just been outside to have a closer look at them and do the tug test. No signs of new growth at the bottom yet but . they are well and truly rooted so fingers crossed they will flower properly this year. I will cut them down, one has a lovely seed head on them so will save thatimage

    I know what you mean Geoff, not sure which the slugs/snails prefer Echineicias or Lupinsimage. Did have a few planted out last year,but only 3 survived, the others were munched.

    Can't really remember how long they took to germinate,maybe about 3 weeks. Started some more off a couple of weeks ago and only one has popped through at the moment.


  • Cool. Did you sow them indoors Mandy?
  • just planted some so will keep a close eye on them to see when they pop up.


  • Great. My green wizard are up so fingers crossed for the rest image
  • hollie hockhollie hock Posts: 3,289

    Hiya Sam, If we had a better Summer last year I'm sure they would have flowered. I think I sowed them later in the season outside in the coldframes. I think they did take a while to germinate, they were in takeaway traysimage

    This year, I've sowed them indoors so far I have a couple up

  • Cool. I have been hacking up 2pint milk bottles cause I have discovered that when cut in half...they are the same size as 3inch potting on pots image Im very pleased as I was starting to run out lol.
  • Jayne5Jayne5 Posts: 23

    I always cut mine down to the ground in the autumn, i grew them from seed about 3 years ago and the get better every year, growing to about 5 feet tall, last autumn i dug some up and put in pots in the cold frame to move them somewhere new this year, don't know whether they'll be ok but they've survived the winter so far so fingers crossed!

  • hollie hockhollie hock Posts: 3,289

    Sounds good Jayne, I'm looking forward to seeing them this year.They nearly flowered last year, but the summer was rubbish.

    Hi Sam, I use all types of containers  to grow stuff in, takeaway trays, marg pots etc cheaper than buying the pots and seeds and plants don't care what they are growing inimage


  • hollie hockhollie hock Posts: 3,289

    Seen some growth on 2 of the Echinecias,  just popping through. Very pleasedimage. Got 4 seedlings that have germinated this year. 

    Are they bushy in habit, or does one stem have one flower head?


  • can anyone help me please, i am a new to gardening and i have several Echinecias growing throughout my garden, just want to know, do you dead head them once the the flower is fading like you do with pansies, does it encourage more blooms throughout  the summer?

    any tips will be much appreciated


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