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Echinacea PowWow®

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Data is gathered from our Elburn, Ill., trials (Zone 5a) for a North American audience. Warm-climate growers: expect 1-2 weeks earlier finishing. Cool-climate growers: expect 1 week slower. Dates based on standard 288 plug size.
Early Spring
Week color desired
Quart
(1 ppp)
Gallon
(1 ppp)
Sow week
 
 
Plug transplant week
 
 
Plugs must be grown under short days from 2 to 7 true leaf stage for full and uniform flowering. Apply long day lighting beginning at transplant for approximately 6 weeks until flower initiation (visible knot).
Spring/Summer
Week color desired
Quart
(1 ppp)
Gallon
(1 ppp)
Sow week
 
 
Plug transplant week
 
 
Plugs must be grown under short days from 2 to 7 true leaf stage for full and uniform flowering. Apply long day lighting beginning at transplant for approximately 6 weeks until flower initiation (visible knot). Best grown outdoors in full sun. Be aware of nutrient levels and replenish if leached by heavy rains.
Late-Summer/Fall
Week color desired
Quart
(1 ppp)
Gallon
(1 ppp)
Sow week
 
 
Plug transplant week
 
 
Plugs must be grown under short days from 2 to 7 true leaf stage for full and uniform flowering. Best grown outdoors in full sun. Be aware of nutrient levels and replenish if leached by heavy rains.
Notes/Pitfall Management
Pow Wow Echinacea are first year flowering. However, a plug or liner grown under short days for bulking will greatly enhance the flower count and uniformity of flowering. Purpling of the lower foliage can occur occasionally. If noted, increase fertility. Several stronger applications of 20-10-20 can reduce the visibility of discoloration. B9/Cycocel combination is very effective if needed.
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