One of the most beloved wildflowers throughout the country, Purple Coneflower is always the start in the meadow or garden. Mid-season meadows often burst with purple from these beauties and yellow from Black Eyed Susans, which is a winning combination. A true staple to any perennial garden. Echinacea is famous across the country for illumining entire meadows with stunning pink flowers. This butterfly-magnet is easy to grow and makes for spectacular bouquets. Perennial.
Bee Friendly, Attract Butterflies, Attract Hummingbirds, Attract Birds, Deer Resistant, Native, Extended Bloom Time (more than 4 weeks), Multiplies / Naturalizes, Easy To Grow, Good For Cut Flowers, Good For Dried Flowers
Ships To Canada
Starting Echinacea (Purple Coneflower) from Seed Indoors
Echinacea are easy-to-germinate and their seedlings are easy-to-grow. The seeds require no pre-treatment (like cold stratification or scarification). To plant outdoors, use our Wildflower Seed Planting Guide.
Use a soil-less seed germinating mix, not real soil, and sow the seeds into small containers. I like to use bedding plant packs as they are not too deep or too wide. Plastic quart yogurt containers or milk cartons are too large! A smaller, shallower container is easiest to maintain even moisture. Soggy pots with too much soil-less mix will rot out young seedlings.
First, fill the bedding packs with the germinating mix and water thoroughly. Then sow the Echinacea seeds onto the surface of the germinating mix, taking care not to overlap them onto each other. Cover lightly with about an eighth of an inch of the germinating mix and gently firm. Put the bedding packs into an inflated plastic bag on a bright window sill. The seeds will begin to germinate in about 7 to 10 days. You shouldn’t need to water them until after the seeds have germinated and it’s time to remove the plastic bag. Water when the container feels light by setting it into a shallow pan of water and letting the soil-less mix soak it up (bottom watering).
Once the seedlings have filled the cells of the bedding packs and their roots have grown to the sides of the soil, they are ready to transplant. Plant individual seedlings into a cell of the bedding pack using the germinating mix and place on a sunny windowsill. Mist the leaves of your new transplants with a liquid seaweed and fish emulsion mix right after transplanting and repeat daily two or three times. After a couple of weeks or so, consider moving them outside in a protected morning sun/afternoon shade location. Start with an hour of sun and gradually move them into more sun as they grow.
To water, lift the pots to feel if they’re light and bottom water. Mix a small amount of liquid seaweed and fish emulsion into the water to fertilizer. They will be ready to transplant into the garden in about 12 weeks or when they are fully rooted in their individual cells.
Pay careful attention to watering in their new outdoor location and be sure to mulch adequately to protect their roots.
View more Planting Guides, or download our complete Planting Guide for tips on caring for your plants when you receive your order, as well as planting instructions for Perennials, Spring-Planted Bulbs, Fall-Planted Bulbs, Cacti & Succulents, Xeric Plants and more.
Most orders ship within 2 business days.
As soon as your order is placed you will receive a confirmation email. You will receive a second email the day your order ships telling you how it has been sent. Depending upon your order date, we may hold your shipment to combine it with other products on your order, if applicable. See our shipping information page for approximate ship dates and more detailed information. If you have any questions, please call Customer Service toll-free at (800) 925-9387 or contact us by email.
Our shipping rates are calculated based on our actual average shipping costs. We do not seek to profit from shipping fees, so rest assured that our shipping rates reflect an average of what it costs to get our guaranteed products safely to your door.
US Shipping Charges
Up to $19.99
$20 to $34.99
$35 to $49.99
$50 to $74.99
$75 to $99.99
$100 and Over
Canadian Shipping Charges
Up to $24.99
$25 to $49.99
$50 to $74.99
$75 to $99.99
$100 and Over
We charge one low flat rate for shipping our products even if your order requires multiple shipments. If you have any questions, please call us at (800) 925-9387.