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Echinacea ‘Tiki Torch’


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This dark orange coneflower explodes with massive 4½” flowers with wide petals. 'Tiki Torch' retains its intense color for weeks rather than days. The spicy-scented blooms sit atop strong and upright 36″ stems. Use for the border and for cut flowers. Easy to grow. Ignite this flaming dream! Winner of multiple awards.

USDA Hardiness Zone(s): 4-9
Size (HT/W/FL HT): 28″ / 26″ / 36″
Exposure: Full Sun
Bloom Time(s): July, August, September, October

Common Name Coneflower
Family Asteraceae
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US Patent # PP18839
EU Grant # EU27430
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Dormancy Winter
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How Different? It is the only pumpkin orange on the market. It maintains its orange flower color over a long period of time.
Landscape Value Novelty, mixed border, accent. Great cut flower.
Most Active Growing Season
Persistence Deciduous
Size (HT/W/FL HT) 28" / 26" / 36"
Soil (Garden) Average soil, coarse and slightly mineral soils are best.
Water (Garden) Average
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Comments Winner of the 2009 NMPRO New Plant Pavilion. Won the Classic City Award 2009. E. 'Tiki Torch', Allen Armitage said, the "orange flower color is vivid and maintains its color over a long period of time". (Athens, Georgia). Received the highest rating at MSU for container culture. The highest rated Orange 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.
Water (Greenhouse) Dry moderately between waterings.
EC 0.7
pH 5.8 – 7.3
Fertility Needs 75 – 100 ppm
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.
Finish Time to 4″ 6 – 8 weeks
Finish Time to Gallon 12 – 14 weeks
Day Length for Flowering Long Day

Growing Echinacea


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.


Media: Plant Echinacea in a well-drained media.

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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