Single Packet of 20 Seeds
This seed packet measures 3.25″ wide by 4.50" tall and includes a clear & colorful illustration on the front. It also includes detailed seed sowing instructions on the reverse side as well. All seeds sold by Seed Needs are Non-GMO products and are intended for the current and the following growing season. All seeds are produced from open pollinated plants, stored in a temperature controlled facility and are constantly moved out due to popularity.
Grow this special mixture of Coneflowers, aptly named "Rainbow Mixture" from fresh Echinacea flower seeds. This specially blended mixture of Coneflowers produces a wave of vibrant colors including red, yellow, white, pink, and purple. Plants will reach a mature height of about 24 to 48 inches tall and display 3 to 5 inch flowers atop bushy yet attractive foliage. Coneflowers are perennial plants that often bloom through the summer months, die with the first killing frost and return the following year from roots when the weather is warm.
Coneflower or “Echinacea” (Ek-i-nay-sha) plants are often included in small to large butterfly gardens as they will attract a variety of beneficial insects. Bumblebees, Butterflies, hummingbirds and ladybugs to name a few, will make an appearance when the plants display their vibrant colored flowers. This mixture provides a range of various shapes from thin petals, to thick petals.
Save The Honey Bees
Did you know that if honey bees cease to exist, that life would also cease to exist as well. Because honey bees are responsible for the pollination 1/3 of the worlds crops, if they suddenly disappeared, so would 1/3 of our food source. Coneflowers are known to attract an array of beneficial insects, so it is a perfect candidate for attracting honey bees and other bumblebees to the garden. The honey bee population has been on the decline for a few years now, but we can always help by planting flowers, such as the Coneflower to assist them.
Sowing The Seed
Coneflowers can be established indoors, or directly outdoors as well. If sown indoors, we recommend using peat pots to prevent root shock later on. Begin by sowing the seeds at a shallow depth of 1/8" under topsoil. Transplant or direct sow outdoors when the weather is warm and all danger of frost has passed. Because the recommended sowing depth is shallow, it may be best to start outdoors on a calm day.
Coneflowers will enjoy an area of full sunlight to light shade & prefer a temperature of at least 70F to 75F. It's not too picky on soil and can tolerate short droughts as well, just make sure that the soil is well drained and not too soggy. To increase drainage, we recommend adding a light compost to areas containing hard, compact soil. Water daily until germination has occurred.
Germination & Growth
Your seeds will begin to germinate within 7 to 21 days after sowing. The plants will reach a mature height of around 24 to 48 inches tall and can spread a good 18 to 24 inches wide. The seeds can be be spaced about 12 to 18 inches apart from one another. Ruby Star Coneflower produces beautiful, pink-red flowers throughout the summer months, attracting an array of beneficial insects to the garden.
We promise to never knowingly carry or sell GMO based seed products. All seeds sold through Seed Needs are Non-GMO products and the vast majority seeds are produced from open pollinated plants. (A very low number of our seed products are F1 hybrids) Our seed stock is stored in a temperature controlled facility and our products are constantly moved out due to popularity. Each and every packet is intended for the current and the following growing season and will not be marked with an expiration date.
If you are to store your seeds for successful growth in the following year, we recommend placing the packets in an airtight ziplock bag. Place your seeds in a cool, dark and dry area of the home, such as a basement where they are kept at room temperature or below.
It is our goal to make you a happy customer! If you experience any problems with your seeds such as germination issues, we will replace or refund any seed product within 180 days of your purchase date. Please contact us directly for a resolution to any problems that you are having with our products.
Question: When should I sow these seeds?
Answer: This is something you must research for your specific region. We offer a ton of helpful articles in our Blog that explain in depth how to successfully grow the seeds within our shop. All of our product pages have useful information on sowing as well.
Question: What is the size of this packet?
Answer: Our traditional packages are 3.25" wide, by 4.50" tall. Some of our larger packages of Corn, Beans and Peas will be 4" wide by 4.675" tall, and our Wildflower packages containing bulk seeds are usually 4.50" wide by 6.45" inches tall.
Question: Are your seeds heirloom?
Answer: In short yes, a vast majority of the plant varieties we carry are heirloom. Heirlooms are varieties that have been passed down for generations.
Question: Are your seeds GMO?
Answer: No, we promise to never knowingly carry or supply any GMO based seed products and steer clear of seed producers from major GMO companies, such as Monsanto.
Question: Are your seeds Organic?
Answer: No, at this time we do not sell organic seeds.
Question: How long will shipping take?
Answer: This can sometimes depend on the size of your order, however 95% of our orders will ship within 24 to 48 hours. All orders ship First Class by default and can take 2 - 5 business days to arrive. Orders placed on a Friday may not ship until the following Monday.
Question: What if my seeds don't grow?
Answer: If you experience any problems with our seed products, contact us within 180 days of your purchase date for a resolution.
Question: Do the packages have sowing instructions on them?
Answer: Yes, all of our seed packets have detailed sowing information on the reverse side as well as a QR code that leads to the original product page here on our website.
Question: Why is there no expiration date on your seed packages?
Answer: Our seeds are contained within a temperature controlled facility in airtight containers. When we ship our seed products to customers, we fill a small portion of packets that sell on a weekly basis. We do not print an expiration date on the packets since the large majority of seeds technically do not expire for long periods of time, IF they are stored in the proper conditions. If you plan to store or save your seeds for the following year, we suggest placing them in a ziplock bag, later storing them in a dark, cool and dry area of the home.
Question: Can I receive a catalog in the mail?
Answer: At this time, we are focused on remaining solely online. We do not send paper catalogs in an effort to save more trees, as well as keep our prices low.
Question: I did not receive an invoice for my order.
Answer: We do not send paper invoices with our orders since the invoice can be viewed online with your Seed Needs account. You will also receive an invoice / order confirmation through email.
Question: What is the difference between a hybrid variety and a GMO based seed product.
Answer: Hybrids are a NATURAL process of cross pollinating two species, thus producing a first generation hybrid (F1.) For example: Mixing a red, double blooming, single stem sunflower, with a yellow, multi branching sunflower might result in a orange-red, double blooming, multibranching plant.
GMO based seed products are a completely different and unatural process of gene splicing in a laboratory. The process entails the introduction of a separate biological kingdom, such as a bacteria, or a pesticide. This bacteria or pesticide is then eaten directly by the consumer when the crops reach maturity. (BAD NEWS)
Question: Can you ship these seeds overseas?
Answer: At this time we only ship within the United States and Canada.