Single Packet of 25 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 Ruby Star Coneflower from freshly harvested Echinacea purpurea flower seeds. Ruby Star will produce gorgeous blooms atop foliage that grows up to 3 feet tall. The centers are reminiscent of thistly flowers and measure roughly 2 inches wide in diameter. The flower heads will produce 10 to 12 petals each, displaying their red-purple petals through the summer months.
Grown as a perennial flowering plant, Ruby Star Coneflower will establish a deep root system the first year. The plants will later wilt on the surface, due to harsh frosts, only to return the following growing season. Coneflowers have become very popular in landscaping and can often times be found along walkways, driveways and bordering front porches as well. This beautiful perennial flowering plant can also be seen in naturalized settings, flower beds or anywhere that you need a splash of color. Ruby Star Coneflower is especially popular in butterfly gardens and will attract all sorts of beneficial insects to the garden.
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 26 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. Purple Coneflower produces beautiful, pale purple flowers throughout the summer months, attracting an array of beneficial insects to the garden.
Question: Are your seeds GMO?
Answer: Absolutely not! At Seed Needs, we have a strong stance against GMO based seed products. We promise to NEVER knowingly carry, or ship GMO based seed products.
Question: Are your seeds orgnic? Or do you offer organic seeds?
Answer: At this time we do not offer certified organic seed varieties. Although some of the seeds in our shop may be from organic suppliers, we do not have the rights label them as such.
Question: Are your seeds Heirloom?
Answer: Yes, we carry a diverse selection of heirloom seeds that are sourced from professional growers that are located all over the globe. A small selection of varieties are Hybrids, and are labeled as such on the product listings.
Question: Are you located within the United States?
Answer: Yes, we store and ship all of our seeds from New Baltimore, Michigan.
Question: Do you ship out of the USA?
Answer: At this time we only ship within the United States and to Canada.
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