I purchased a purple coneflower recently and managed to break off the flower stalk on the way home. The plant itself is doing well in the garden. The flower stalk, with quite a few healthy leaves on it, I stuck in potting mix that I keep damp and is still looking pretty good after a couple of weeks. Any chance of it rooting like this? It's just sitting in my kitchen window.
I've seen a rudbeckia try to root and then die. the hormones/chemicals for rooting arent found in big quantities in flowering stems.
So I guess I won't be surprised if it doesn't work. But what the heck, it doesn't hurt to try.
Mark, you were entirely correct. It held on for a long time, then gave up. I wonder if rooting hormone would have helped. Oh well, the one in the garden busily sent up new shoots around the base, so next year should be good.
Janet... I saved seeds from my first echinacea cones. The next spring I put them in a bag of damp sand and refrigerated for 4 weeks, and then planted. 95% germination, and today (2 seasons later) they are tall, fully mature plants! Good luck!!!
No fear, Darius, I'll be working on seeds! I've seen some growing wild in a field, so I won't even have to wait for mine!