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I grew this Echinacea purpurea ‘Amado’ from seed two seasons ago. Below is seed that I saved from this plant above. “Amado” is a Spanish word that is translated into English as “beloved”, “loved one” or “sweetheart”. This variety of Coneflower  definitely has the potential to be the sweetheart of any garden.

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This is a follow up from when I started ‘Amado’ Coneflower plants from seed. Saving seeds is a rewarding practice and a thrifty way to continue to add beautiful perennials to your garden. It takes some effort, and one of the first steps is to identify which part is the seed.

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These pieces are the seed heads of the Coneflower. Many people will leave the seed heads for winter interest and for birds. If you intend to save seed from Coneflowers, make sure the seed head has dried out before you deadhead the plant and bring indoors to continue drying.  The plant should be done blooming before you harvest for seeds. Bring inside and hang upside down and allow the seed heads to continue to dry. I stored my seeds in a paper envelope in a dry and cool location. I avoid putting seeds in plastic containers because of mold issues.

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Next, break apart the seed head wearing gloves!  Chaff is the extra stuff that you sift through to find your seeds.

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Getting closer…

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Here are the seeds that can be directly sown at 1/2″ when there is still a chance of frost.  Remember that some Coneflower seeds need to be stratified before they will germinate. Some Coneflower seeds are sold pre-chilled and ready to be used immediately. Instead of sowing seeds in milk jugs this spring, I have  the seeds in flats outside. Happy Growing!

 

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