I am sure there is a forum for how to grow echies, but I can't find it. Since everybody here has such beautiful flowers, I figured this would be a great place to ask. I want to know what I need to do to get them going. I have tried planting seeds and plants and am not having any luck. :( The seeds don't come up and the plants like to die. I have the same problem with Rudbeckia. I am in West Texas (Midland), my ground is primarily sand and my water is hard (alkaline). I have tried watering, not watering, morning sun, full sun and just can't get them to work for me. I had one plant survive long enough to give me one bloom and then slowly died as it was blooming. I am hoping the bloom at least made me some seed. I don't know how good I am in taking care of an established plant cause I can't seem to get that far, so right now I need to know what to do to get it in the ground (including how to plant) and on the way to establishment. If any more info is needed, please let me know.I so much love the color!!! Please HELP!!! Thank you!