Staking Coneflowers

Denton, TX(Zone 7b)

I read that some coneflowers have to be staked. Do you stake yours and what do you use if you do?

I have these on order and wonder if they will need staking?


Harvest Moon
Hope
Jade
Raspberry Tart
Summer Sky
Sundown
Sunrise

Cincinnati (Anderson, OH(Zone 6a)

Oh, rosethyme--you have ALL those on order?!! You're really becoming a conehead!

Well, I don't stake mine usually--but I do have E. paradoxa and that is long and leggy and leans on its neighbors.

And I have others that definitely do not get enough sun and they need staking. If they were planted properly I think they would be fine-- of course, now that I look at your list I don't have any of those but saw them at the growers last week and they seemed to stand up pretty straight in their one gallon pots.

Hope you have fun with all your new coneflowers. Can't wait to see pics of your garden!

Denton, TX(Zone 7b)

Thanks, Tabasco. That's good to know that these should stand pretty well. Oh yes, already wanting even more so definitely a conehead...didn't take long for the addiction to take hold, Lol.

Menasha, WI(Zone 5a)

Just staked Hope tonight - got a little top heavy. Sometimes I stake them if they are prone to wind blowing them a lot of shade making them grow sideways. Jade,Rasberry Tart and Sunrise shouldn't need staking.

Adrian, MO(Zone 6a)

if you plant tall grass with them that should "stake" them. at least that's how nature would have it.

Denton, TX(Zone 7b)

That's a great idea Len123...I was wondering what to use.

Adrian, MO(Zone 6a)

little bluestem, or any warm season tall ornamentals would probably work. like maybe karl foerster, miscanthus, mexican feather grass, switch grass,indian grass.
or even some shorter ornamental grasses would probably work also. maybe a mix and match.

Louisville, KY(Zone 6b)

Hi all,

Sophie and I are very thankful for this new forum!!!!

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Cincinnati (Anderson, OH(Zone 6a)


Sophie could be the cover girl for "English Gardens" magazine!

Denton, TX(Zone 7b)

I agree! Betty that's a beautiful picture of Sophie in your garden.

Louisville, KY(Zone 6b)

Thanks Tabasco and rosethyme,

I took about a hundred pictures of the girls in my backyard a few weeks ago and just followed them around letting them do whatever they chose to do, and I just kept flasthing pictures. Sophie looks like a real gardener in that picture, except for the dress. I thought this would be a perfect picture for this new Forum.

South/Central, FL(Zone 9a)

That is a beautiful picture, Betty. And Sophie is precious. : )

~Lucy

Louisville, KY(Zone 6b)

Thanks Lucy,

Hope you are not getting too hot in Florida right now. It will be 102 in Louisville today!!!!

South/Central, FL(Zone 9a)

Betty, the heat and humidity have been terrible the last few days for alot of people.

I go out in the early morning and do a few things, and then back out in the late afternoon to water. It's been a long time since I remember it being this hot. I sure hope it ends soon. I hate being inside. : )
~Lucy

Louisville, KY(Zone 6b)

Lucy,

I was inside all day except for watering the flowers early this morning in the dark with my flashlight and it is almost 9 pm now and I just turned on the sprinkler. It is supposed to continue in Louisville for the next two weeks.

By the way I just talked to someone from Iceland and the temp there yesterday was 56 degrees and raining. I told her to send some of that weather our way .She said it never gets above 70 degrees in the summer.

South/Central, FL(Zone 9a)

Two weeks???? Oh nooooo! I hope not. I'll have to set up yard lights to garden. Wonder how the neighbors feel about me mowing at 3 am. lol ; )

Louisville, KY(Zone 6b)

BlueGlancer,

That was very funny!!!! I got up at 4:30AM to turn on my sprinkler and will have it on till I leave for work at 7. No way am I going to lose all these flowers now. See some of the pictures I have posted of my yard under the Photos Forum. Some are on the second page. I love gardening and to be honest I always wanted to live in Florida where I could garden all year long!!!

I had the soaker hose running all night long on my 30 roses. I came home last everning from work and they all looked so sad and thirsty. They had a good drink of water all last night to be sure!!!!

South/Central, FL(Zone 9a)

I think we have taken over this thread, Betty. We better get back to talking about staking coneflowers, or rosethyme will feed us to her garden pests. : )

I will go take a look at your yard in the Photos Forum. : )
~Lucy

Denton, TX(Zone 7b)

LOL! Feel free to use this thread you two. :) Besides, I like Len123's idea for staking.

Melbourne, KY(Zone 6a)

BettyFB, can you tell me what kind of zinnias those are in your pic? I love that hot pink!

Renee'

Louisville, KY(Zone 6b)

Hi Renee,

I got the seeds from Burpee and it is Oklahoma Cherry. So far they have all done well but one that was yanked up a few weeks ago --covered with mildew. But it was my fault--as I had crowded it into one bed and not given it enough room for air circulation. The others were given enough room and are doing fine. So do not let that stop you from trying them next year. I started the seeds under lights last March and had good germination and will try them again for sure. I like the smaller zinna flowers.

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Melbourne, KY(Zone 6a)

Lovely! I will look for them next spring, thanks! Does anyone know if it's too late to expect more blooms from coneflowers if I hack off the yucky faded blooms now?

Silver Spring, MD(Zone 6b)

Isn't it nice to see a little girl in a pretty dress with ribbon in her hair? Don't see many little girls dressed like that anymore..mostly slacks, jeans, etc. even for church. Upsets me how Mother's dress or allow their kids to dress going to church. It's definately a different world then we grew up in!

Portsmouth, VA(Zone 8a)

Hi everybody! I was really hoping to get some good suggestions. I am mostly on Hosta Forum, but I have a lot of full sun in my back yard. Last year I planted a Cone flower, just a regular Purple one, it lived and had one or two flowers. No big deal. This year it is huge and I don't know what to do with it, it has maybe 30 flowers and I stuck a tomato cage around it to keep all the flowers off the ground. This is my small perennial bed I just fixed up in early spring. I have not given it any fertilizer!!

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(Clint) Medina, TN(Zone 7b)

I don't stake mine. I plant the floppy ones by others to prop them up.

Melbourne, KY(Zone 6a)

I have too many to stake, but they (and the weeds!) hold each other up.

Portsmouth, VA(Zone 8a)

I hear ya, Maybe I just don't have enough of them. I'll try planting more stuff in front. :)

Silver Spring, MD(Zone 6b)

Clint would be the coneflower expert to answer your question on those plants. I have at least 3 or 4 tall varieties but the seeds are all from the "regular purple coneflower" but the two planted in the front flowerbeds are tall. Would love to order that PowWowBerry or some of the orange/coral color ones. Token from the GW has that Harvest Moon variety I think and he has posted that he likes that one.

Melbourne, KY(Zone 6a)

All we have is the Magnus purple one, but I'd like to have a variety of others. Maybe if the shorter ones are planted between the tall ones, they'd hold each other up? But then, I wonder if you could see the shorter ones that way...

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