ECHINACEA purpurea 'Happy Star'

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ECHINACEA purpurea 'Happy Star'

Happy Star Coneflower
Select Item No. RA196

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One Portion is usually sufficient for approx. 50 plants.
Please switch to gram for larger quantities.



Plant Description

Life Cycle: Perennial
Family: Asteraceae
Origin: North America
Special Features: Handsome, horizontally arranged white petals. Vigorous and sturdy growth habit. Distinctly horizontal flower petals, very durable and long-lived white form of 'Ruby Star'.
Historical: Introduced by JELITTO PERENNIAL SEEDS in 2009. Bred from Jelitto's award winning 'Rubinstern'.
 
Basic Colour: (white / cream)
Flower Colour: bright white with orange-yellow disk
Natural Flowering Period: July - September
 
Winter Hardiness Zones: Z3 - Z8
Foliage: ovate-lance shaped
Growth Habit: erect / rosettes-forming
Height with Flowers: 100 cm
Spacing between Plants: 45 cm
Soil Requirements: well-drained / average
Location:
Usage: honey-bee food plant / suitable for cutting
Grams per 1000 seeds: 3.33333 Gram
Seeds per Gram
(does not correspond to the number of plants!):
300
Gram to get 1000 plants
(if sown directly into pots etc. you will need a larger quantity):
10 Gram
Sowing Rates/Trays: 2 - 3 per cell
Plug tray recommended size(s): 72 / 128
Sowing Direction:

(15) Rapidly germinating, keep seed in constant moisture (not wet) with temperatures of about +20°C [68°F]. Seeds must be covered thinly. Do not cover very small seeds, but tightly press into the earth. Keep in cooler conditions after germination occurs.

Best Sowing Date
(northern Hemisphere, Field condition):
Anytime
Sowing to Germination: 2 - 3 weeks
Germination to Transplant: 4 - 8 weeks
Transplanting to Potting: 6 - 10 weeks
Cutting back at Transplanting: Not Necessary.
Container Size(s): 1-2 plugs per 11/12 cm (4 1/2") / 2-3 plugs per 15 cm (6")
Vernalization: Some flowering will occur the first year without vernalization, but improved flowering will occur the 2nd year; and 3-10 weeks of cool temperatures might benefit fuller flowering in the first year.
Forcing: There has been no research, but an obvious place to experiment - following vernalization - would be raising daytime temperatures to 60° - 65°F (15° - 17°C). Provide 16 hours of continuous lighting. During the short days of winter, provide a night interruption lighting of 4 hours between 10:00 p.m. and 2:00 a.m. Some later flowering species can be forced in 14 - 16 weeks and perhaps sooner at warmer temperatures. Further experiments are warranted.
Fertilizer: Medium (150-200 ppm)
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