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We ship all plants usps priority mail. They arrive to most locations within 2-3 days. We package all plants to retain moisture to up to 10 days in transit. All plants ships from our warehouses in Tennessee. All plants are grown and shipped from out Altamont (zip) 37301 location. We do drop ship for re-sellers also for those wanting to resell our plants.
How We Protect Your Plants For Transit
All plants are dug and immediately taken to our warehouse and tera-sorb moisture retention gel is applied to the roots and then wrapped in plastic to retain superior moisture for transit. They are placed in corogated cardboard shipping boxes for protection when shipped
Upon Receipt Of Your Plants
Upon receipt of your plants, unpack and unwrap the roots and mist with water. Plant within 24-48 hours. If you can not plant within this time frame, put your plants in a cool location (ex- basement, garage or cellar) and water the roots daily. Cover them back up with the plastic so they will not dry out until you can plant them. After planted, water every evening after the sun goes down for 5 days.
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People collect the root of the plant for healing purposes during the fall of the plant's third or fourth year, but not after the fourth year.
Echinacea, or coneflower, is notorious for being a medicinal plant, but it's a winner in the garden as well.
This plant has drooping petals that surround a dark, usually purplish-brown cone-shaped center. The flowers last for a long time, are fragrant and make beautiful arrangements, whether fresh or dried. The leaves are toothed, alternate, and lance-shaped.
Echinacea is excellent as a tall border plant and is very drought tolerant. It's also attractive to birds, bees, and butterflies. Plant Echinacea plants in the spring or the fall, in well-drained soil in full to part sun.
Echinacea is easy to grow from seed, as well but requires a cold, moist period—called stratification—to germinate. Sow seeds thickly in the fall (after hard-frost in the north and before winter rains elsewhere), covering lightly to discourage birds from eating them. Seeds will germinate in the spring. Most plants will bloom during the second year—one reason it's advantageous to start with transplants.
Coneflowers are clumping plants. One plant will tend to get larger, but it will not spread and overtake the garden via roots or rhizomes. The eventual size of the plant clump depends on the cultivar, so check the mature size listed in the plant description to help you decide on spacing. If a plant is estimated to grow to 18 inches wide, leave 18 inches between plants. Because Echinacea establishes deep taproots, you need to plant them where you want them. They do not like to be moved once established.
Echinacea is a low-water plant; however, you'll need to water young plants to help them establish new roots. That is usually a sequence of every day or every other day right after planting, moving to a couple of times per week, to once per week, to every other week, to water only when your area is experiencing extreme drought. The second year after planting and beyond you should not have to water Echinacea at all unless you've gone eight weeks or more without rain.