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From: Ben Chester <[log in to unmask]>
Date: Tue, Feb 23, 2010 at 4:01 PM
Subject: dormant Echinacea
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 Hi Teri,

                Here are some growing tips for the dormant Echinacea we
recently sent to your teachers.  I assume that they will be potting them up
while they are still dormant, if this is the case here are a few helpful
tips for that process: 1st  be sure not to plant them too deep, planting
the crown at or just below the media surface will be plenty deep, having the
crown just below the surface will keep them from becoming too floppy (I
would not recommend patting the down the media after planting, watering them
in will be fine) .  2nd: be sure not to overwater them, in this dormant
stage they are much more susceptible to fungi and/or bacteria that will
result in rotting of the liner.  3rd:  be sure they are in a sunny spot,
this will help the media dry down a bit faster and assist in stopping the
liner from rotting.  4th: Echinacea are very adaptable plants and can be
grown successfully in most media types, the main aspect to keep in mind is
that it will be well draining.  I hope this helps and please let me know if
there is any more information that I can provide.


Ben Chester

James Greenhouses, Inc.

1699 Crawford Smithonia Road

Colbert, GA 30628

706-742-7802 phone

706-742-7804 fax

888-332-1826 toll free

Custom Grown to a Higher Standard

Dr. Teri Hamlin
North Region Agriculture Education
Georgia Department of Education
204C Four Towers University of Georgia
Athens, Ga 30602
706-542-3679 / 706-540-0032
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