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Echinacea ‘Hope’

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Calm, fragrant, soft pink flowers of great size, fragrance, and substance adorn this long blooming perennial. It is dedicated to the breast cancer survivors and the memories of those who have succumbed to breast cancer. TERRA NOVA® makes a donation of $.25 for each plant sold, to the Oregon & SW Washington affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure to help further the search for a cure for breast cancer. Sold with beautiful oversized picture labels that advertise this as a “Plant for the Cure.” Labels are mandatory to ensure success of the program. The highest rated Pink in the Mt. Cuba Center trials from 2007 to 2009. Has been given the Dallas Arboretum Seal of Approval from their Perennials for Purgatory trials.

USDA Hardiness Zone(s): 4-9br>Size (HT/W/FL HT): 20″ / 24″ / 30″
Exposure: Full Sun
Bloom Time(s): July, August, September, October

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SKU: ECHHOP Categories: ,
Common Name Coneflower
Family Asteraceae
Genus Echinacea
species purpurea
Plant Series Echinacea PRAIRIE PILLARS™ Collection
Plant Type Perennial
Persistence Deciduous
US Patent # PP17194
EU Grant # EU20630
Hardiness Zone 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9
Growth Habit Upright
Size (HT/W/FL HT) 20" / 24" / 30"
Finish Time Medium (6-8 Weeks)
Bloom Time July, August, September, October
Growth Rate Fast
Most Active Growing Season Spring
Flowering Season Summer, Fall
Flower Color Pink
Leaf Color Green
Soil Average soil, coarse and slightly mineral soils are best.
pH 5.8 - 7.3
Exposure Full Sun
Special Uses Award Winners, Cut Flower, Deep South, Deer Resistant, Fragrant, Hummingbird Attractor, Low Water Usage, Pollinator Attractor
Nutritional Needs 75 - 100 ppm
Dormancy Winter
Water (Greenhouse) Dry moderately between waterings.
Water (Garden) Average
How Different? It is the only large flowering, soft pink with this flower shape. Mt. Cuba Center says "this cultivar has the truest clear light pink blooms."
Landscape Value Use in mass plantings, mixed beds, sunny border. Great cut flower.
Finish Time to 4" 6 - 8 weeks
Comments The highest rated Pink in the Mt. Cuba Center trials from 2007 to 2009. Has been given the Dallas Arboretum Seal of Approval from their Perennials for Purgatory trials.
Grower Notes Plants shipped in fall require winter protection. We recommend transplanting to a 4" pot from a plug, not a larger size container if you receive the plants in the fall. Grow with 50° - 55° F nights and 55° - 65° F days. Facultative long day plant. Day-length extension up to 16 hours has proven beneficial for promoting flowering. Low pH can be fatal.

Planting

Plant one liner per 4-inch or gallon pot. Make sure not to cover the crown with soil by planting too deep; incorrect planting depth is the most common cause for losses in Echinacea. The soil levels of the pot and the liner should match up evenly. A broad-spectrum preventative fungicide after transplanting is recommended – check labels for desired rates and application intervals, and (as with any chemical) test on a small group of plants before applying to the entire crop.

Culture

Media: Plant Echinacea in a well-drained media.

pH/EC: Maintain pH levels between 5.5 to 6.5 and an EC of 1.0 to 1.8.

Temperature: Echinacea does well with 50 to 55° F nights and 60 to 65° F days.

Light: Provide 2,500 to 5,000 foot-candles of light. Echinacea is a facultative long-day plant with a critical day length of between 12 and 13 hours (depending on variety). It is beneficial to bulk plants under short-days and then force flowering under long-day conditions. This can be achieved using natural short-days or black cloth. Photoperiods of over 16 hours of light are antagonistic to flowering, but do not stop it entirely. Putting plants that have already flowered under short days may induce dormancy. Forcing is best done using daylength extension as opposed to night interruption.

PGRs: Configure has been observed to promote basal branching and should be used when bulking the plant in its vegetative state. It can sometimes cause distorted growth on leaves that are emerging at the time of application, but the plant quickly grows out of it. It is generally recommended to do more applications at lower rates as opposed to higher rates with a single application.

Fertilizer/Watering: Supply a low-medium rate of constant liquid feed at 100- to 150-ppm of 20-10-20 fertilizer. Allow the plants to dry moderately between watering as it is critical to maintain wet and dry cycles for overall plant health. Note: for people that overwinter the Echinacea, keep the EC as close to 0 as possible when they are dormant. Avoid late applications of slow release fertilizers.

Pests/Disease: Thrips can be a problem as the plants begin to flower. Pythium and Phytophthora can be problems if the plants stay waterlogged for prolonged amounts of time. Plants should be allowed to dry moderately between waterings. Plants can be susceptible to botrytis if adequate spacing and airflow is not maintained. It is generally recommended to water in the morning to avoid sending the plants into their night cycle with water on the foliage.

Scheduling: Finish time from a 72-cell liner to a 4-inch pot is six to eight weeks. From 72-cell to 1-gallon pot is 12 to 14 weeks. Finish time varies by cultivar.

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