I leave the plants standing through winter, to feed the birds. Optional: When flowers are faded/done blooming, deadhead if you wish to prolong the blooming season. As native plants with prickly stems, they are more deer-resistant than most flowering plants. Even though it’s a tough plant, you still want to try to take care of it in your garden. I have a purple coneflower plant that i planted in the spring from seed in a container, however since spring there has yet to be any flowers just leaves growing and getting bigger. BONUS: You’ll also receive our Almanac Companion newsletter! Place the container in an area that receives full sun. Allow the flowers to dry out and turn brown. Ensure there are holes in the bottom of the pot. Submitted by The Editors on October 29, 2019 - 12:04pm. Submitted by Cindy on May 26, 2020 - 6:40pm, My echinacea now in their 3rd year are sprouting with twisted curvy stems. Grow coneflowers in full sunlight so that the plant... Moisture and Soil requirements for Coneflowers. If dividing or transplanting coneflowers, do so in the spring or fall. You can divide coneflowers into echinacea that will grow from zone 3 to 9 and rudbeckia that grow from zones 2 to 11. For the record, members of the aster family (Asteraceae), such as asters, marigolds, Coreopsis, and purple coneflower are commonly affected by this disease. How to Care for Echinacea. Cut off some seed heads and save them for planting later. Submitted by Juliet M Gashonia on July 13, 2019 - 4:57pm. Watch for beneficial soldier beetles in August and do not harm them. Great way to start the day. Pruning coneflowers can help them produce more flowers and keep them at a more manageable height. The flower, plant, and root of some types are used in herbal remedies. Choose a location where the coneflowers won’t get shaded out nor shade out others. The New Sunset Western Garden Book; Kathleen Norris Brenzel. Cover the soil around the plants with approximately 1 inch of compost every spring. Coneflowers … She writes about a variety of topics, with a focus on sustainable, pesticide- and herbicide-free gardening. Tips for Growing Echinacea Sunlight needs for Echinacea. The planting location should receive 6-8 hours of sunlight, in warmer regions zones 8 and higher with a bit of afternoon shade which will also benefit coneflowers by keeping the blooms from … Coneflowers prefer well-drained soil and full sun for best bloom. This first-year dormancy is important and when plants develop strong roots. These easy-care perennials require only the basics: regular watering of about an inch per week, a light … If you want to help out your local bird population, let the plants stand through winter. Keep pots in partial shade for two or three days and then move to a site that receives full morning sun and partial afternoon shade. Specifically, the plant is native to the eastern United States, from Iowa and Ohio south to Louisiana and Georgia. If the leaves are twisted, that’s often a sign of herbicide damage; have any chemicals gotten near these plants or drifted over? Dead head the blooms and keep the plant nice an short. Submitted by Lois B Strause on July 20, 2020 - 8:59am. Submitted by The Editors on May 19, 2020 - 9:54am. Moving the plant helps to prepare it for living outdoors in the spring and summer. During the first few months, water the soil around the base of your coneflowers once a day. Avoid overly rich … Fertilize coneflowers in early spring, using a granular, time-release fertilizer with a ratio such as 12-6-6. Plant them with some well-rotted compost and then add compost again in the spring. Pick a location with the brightest light that you have. Purple coneflower plants are drought … This spring, I was rethinking their location and attempted to dig them up to move them, but found no evidence of the plants even though I dug in the exact spot where they were planted. Trouble-free, coneflowers are drought-tolerant, once established. Submitted by The Editors on September 11, 2018 - 9:02am. Every 3 to 4 years, it’s fine to divide and repot your echinacea plants. If for some reason they fail, be ready to accept that outcome. CARE ADVICE Purple coneflower (Echinacea purpurea) is a popular perennial in Zones 3-9. Submitted by Antoine HIckey on August 29, 2018 - 2:42pm. Keep in mind that Echinacea started from seed can take 2 or more years to develop into a sizable plant. Coneflowers can be started from seed in spring indoors (about a month before the. Any advice you can give me would be greatly appreciated. A. Fertilize pots every couple of weeks with a water-soluble 10-10-10 fertilizer. So little extra water needs to be provided. Something about that name, aster yellows, is appealing but in fact it is no fun. Coneflower's nickname is due to its distinctive, cone-shaped centers, which are surrounded by narrow, daisylike petals that come in several shades of purple, pink, orange, crimson and white. Divide coneflowers every three to four years to maintain healthy, vibrant plants. What could cause this? Additional protection may be needed if you are growing the plants in … Aster yellows occurs throughout North America. Plant coneflowers about 1 to 3 feet apart, depending on the mature size of the variety. Contact the source from which you got the plant and ask what he/she thinks…and if he/she will replace the plant. Any advice you can give me would be greatly appreciated. Carefully fill in around the root ball and firm the soil gently. Or, top dress … About Coneflowers: How to Plant, Grow, and Care for Echinacea Flowers The Echinacea or coneflower is one of the most popular daisy-like flowers for herbaceous borders. Loosen the soil in your garden using a garden fork or tiller to 12 to 15 inches deep, then mix in a 2- to 4-inch layer of compost. How can I do to encourage more blooms than leaves on the Cornflower plant in a container? Submitted by Kay Fernandez on July 18, 2019 - 6:12pm, It is heading towards the end of July and all of my coneflowers appear to be dead should I cut them back, Submitted by Rosemary Shuttl... on August 5, 2019 - 3:13am, Submitted by The Editors on August 5, 2019 - 2:54pm. And what can I do to protect it during the winter? Coneflowers in the Garden. Most coneflower species are winter-hardy in pots down to USDA Zone 5. I have the seeds and I’d love to put them in the ground can you please tell me if I can do this and how? Submitted by Marley on May 20, 2019 - 12:50pm. These long-stem flowers that are members of the aster family look like a daisy in most cases because of the way that the rays surround a center disc. A University of California expert suggests this: Round Up can linger for a while, maybe even longer than a month especially in a sandy soil in which it is not adsorbed to fine soil particles as it would in a clay. I had a pot full and cut the heads off but left the stems in the pot will they grow back or do I need the seeds. Or, do I have to pull entire plants? They will tolerate partial shade, but plants may flop and blooms … Seedlings will emerge in the spring, though the plants may not bloom in the next season. They can take the heat! If purple doesn’t pair well with your garden’s color palette, don’t fret: coneflowers can be found in a range of bright or subdued colors. This is my first attempt at a perennial garden, and I want to make sure that I take care of my coneflowers this fall. Are these factors due to not enough sun? Watering Needs. Victim and vulnerable plants should be removed and not planted there … again. tall (45-90 cm) on strong erect stems, and thrives in full sun or light shade. Always water deeply when the soil is dry to touch. Bury the plant to the top of the root ball, but make sure the root ball is level with the soil surface. Our winters get a bit chilly -- hanging at -15F (-26C) for periods last winter. Sure, try it! Use an insecticidal soap or neem oil solution spray if you see any aphids or pests. Plant instead herbaceous plants (e.g., geraniums and impatiens) and woody ornamentals, which are not susceptible to aster yellows. This year the blooms start yellow and turn bright orange. While the plain old purple coneflowers (and their white siblings) will grow almost anywhere, the yellow, orange and red ones need full sun and rich, moist, well-drained soil. Coneflowers, also known as Echinacea, are tough little native flowers that draw butterflies, bees, and birds to the garden! You can bury the container in a hole in the ground or build up mulch around … Coneflower hate to stay wet, so be careful not to over-water! Can coneflowers still be planted this time of year and all the blooms are gone? Submitted by Pat on July 13, 2019 - 11:27am. They did very well throughout the fall. The plants are very cold hard from zones 3 to 9. Then there is the old adage, when in doubt, don’t. Here in Florida Coneflower is a favorite with Butterfly Gardeners, however, it occures naturally only rarely in … Coneflowers, also known as Echinacea, are tough little native flowers that draw butterflies, bees, and birds to the garden!Here’s how to grow this American native—and important tips on plant care, from deadheading to cutting back in June. Once planted and established, learning how to care for coneflowers is easy. I have many other coneflowers that survive through our Michigan winters so I was surprised to find nothing. We have Purple coneflowers planted outside our bedroom window at the Chesapeake Bay and in the fall I start my day by checking to see if there are any goldfinches eating outside my bedroom window. More commonly, coneflowers are bought as small plants with blooms already on the way. Cut the coneflowers down to one-half of their length with pruning shears in the early summer. In fact, I have taken the seed pods and spread the seeds around manually to encourage more plants. Love these flowers as they are hardy, long lasting, and very sturdy. Cut back in late winter/early spring when you’re tidying up the garden. Maybe you can talk to your neighbor and come to some agreement about how/when he applies it … or you can share your health concerns about both of you. They can also flop if grown in too rich an environment – too fertile and too much water. Thrives in full sun or light shade. Their long bloom time make them an attractive perennial for many locations. Answers to … Dig up a clump, and pull it into smaller sections, each with several healthy roots. The content of this field is kept private and will not be shown publicly. Water deeply. Plant the root ball an inch below the rim of the container, spreading out the roots and adding soil slowly until even with top of root ball, tamping soil lightly along the way. Just wanted to report that Goldfinches will spend a very long time on flower seed heads. The plants are native and very drought tolerant once established. Applying an infusion of echinacea is said to help. You can bury the container in a hole in the ground or build up mulch around it for added winter protection. How long before I can safely plant them again? Pruning the Plant to the Ground Annually Use pruning shears or hedge clippers to cut the plant to … How to Plant, Grow, and Care for Coneflowers. Submitted by pam Bufford on March 19, 2020 - 12:14pm. I live in Iowa. Submitted by Yenni on August 5, 2018 - 4:27pm. There are many varieties of coneflowers. It is happy and healthy. Please see the Care section, above, for information on deadheading coneflowers. Coneflowers are appropriate for planting in U.S. Department of Agriculture growing zones 4 through 10. Are there any tips or precautions I should take since it's the plants first winter? Coneflowers (Echinacea spp.) If the leaves are droopy, that is a good sign that the plant needs water. Leave the seed heads after bloom and you’ll also attract songbirds! Submitted by Tammy McBride on July 16, 2019 - 10:13pm. BushDoctor Certified GKH Gardening Expert. This seems to be an increasingly common problem, with an increasingly hard to find explanation. We’re stumped. The plant is not planted in full sun, but does get some morning and late afternoon sun. A U of Michigan Coop Extension source is more cautious; read here: https://www.canr.msu.edu/news/be_careful_using_round_up_and_other_glyphosate_herbicides. Are some coneflowers not as hardy as others for our zone? Height of this sun-loving plant at maturity is 2 to 4 feet, depending on the variety. The plants will tolerate partial sun as well and still produce plenty of flowers. If a plant likes and needs full sun, we need to give it full sun (see above). Place the container in an area that receives full sun. Coneflower is a native North American perennial sporting daisylike flowers with raised centers. Now, months later I'm thinking the echinacea was affected because there are no blooms, just healthy looking leaves. Optional: To encourage delayed blooming for fall enjoyment, cut coneflower plants back by 1 foot when plants come into bloom. I have them in bright well drained location, Submitted by The Editors on May 29, 2020 - 11:55am. Carefully remove the plant from its container and place it in the hole so the top of the root ball is level with the soil surface. Here is the video you have been waiting for! Coneflowers are a beautiful and hardy perennial. I've had many requests from viewers who want to grow this beautiful perennial plant in their own gardens. Coneflowers are very low maintenance once they are established. To plant coneflower … The planting location should receive 6-8 hours of sunlight, in warmer regions zones 8 and higher with a bit of afternoon shade which will also benefit coneflowers by … Put a thin layer of crushed gravel at the bottom of the pot for drainage. Not sure if these have bulbs or rhizomes. In the fall, a light mulch in colder regions is beneficial. Put a thin layer of compost around the plants, then a 2–inch layer of. As long as you put the plant in the ground right side up, it should be fine! Submitted by Bia West on April 16, 2019 - 1:11am. I live in Arkansas. I’ve had an echinacea passed along from a friend for well over 5 years. Coneflowers are often listed as drought tolerant, but they will do much better with regular water. (With thanks to Wisconsin Master Gardeners), Submitted by Diana Salmon on June 19, 2020 - 4:57pm. If you want to attract songbirds to your garden, leave the flowers in place in autumn. Submitted by The Editors on March 31, 2020 - 8:50am. She is an Oregon State University Master Gardener and Master Naturalist and holds a Master of Fine Arts in creative nonfiction writing. These midsummer bloomers can flower from midsummer through fall frost! Answers to this queston: Add Answer. Submitted by Oliver on October 19, 2018 - 9:44am. Coneflowers are easy to grow from seed in your backyard. In late spring, provide supplementary water only if the season is extremely dry or your coneflowers are newly planted. For example, coneflowers will bloom for about 1 month in many locales. In order to have success growing Echinacea in a pot/ container, you need to take care … Submitted by The Editors on August 12, 2020 - 12:08pm. Coneflowers, also known as Echinacea, are tough little native flowers that draw butterflies, bees, and birds to the garden! Planted an orange coneflower this year. What's happening and how can I protect those pretty purple booms? Check the soil every couple of weeks and water lightly when the top 3 inches are dry. It had pale yellow, almost white blooms, and would not have been a new hybrid since who knows how long my friend had it before she gave me a start. Adding some compost to the bed before you plant will make them happier, too. A fridge is a good place to keep them indoors. Here’s how to grow this American native—and important tips on plant care, from deadheading to cutting back in June. Deadhead wilted blooms throughout the season to promote continued blooming and prevent the plant from going to seed too early. Coneflower Care. Thanks for your help. In seasons with normal rainfall, additional watering is not necessary. A. One reason that some echinacea thrive and others fail to thrive could be that one is native and the other, respectively, is a hybrid. Easy care, this Coneflower grows in clumps up to 18-30 in. Do this in the springtime after new growth has started. You can purchase packages of seeds or collect your own when the plant starts to set seed later in the growing season. The most common species available to gardeners is Echinacea purpurea, the purple coneflower. Ahhh…The wonderful world of wild flowers. Deadhead for continued bloom, clipping right below base of the flower stem. It prefers average, dry to medium, well-drained soils. Dig a hole twice the diameter of the pot the plant is in. Easy care, this Coneflower grows in clumps up to 18-24 in. Bright upright plants, coneflowers … Deadheading will prevent self seeding if this is your preference. You must have JavaScript enabled to use this form. what type of coneflowers do you have? Your county cooperative extension can advise you as to the best one to use in your area and the correct timing of the application, Submitted by Lora on May 16, 2020 - 12:50am. The coneflower plant is quite drought-tolerant but likes well draining... Pests and Diseases. M.H. Submitted by Ellen on June 25, 2020 - 8:47am. Finally, they will flop if they are not … Water it thoroughly. Ongoing Care. The dry cones are filled with seeds that birds love. Better yet, don’t cut back coneflower plants and they’ll self-seed successfully! tall (45-90 cm) on strong erect stems, and thrives in full sun or light shade. Plants flower in summer of the second year, and every year after that. Fertilize your coneflower containers with a balanced fertilizer, and place it in full sun. They are prolific bloomers and keeping them deadheaded will keep them in bloom all summer. Coneflowers are hardy in USDA zones 3-9, which means they should be hardy in containers down to zone 5. Plant them 1 – 3 feet apart. Is this normal? Wasn't sure when to plant them. Thee purple coneflower seedlings do not bloom the first summer, the plants die back and go dormant in late summer. Submitted by Donna on August 10, 2020 - 5:10pm. Coneflower (Echinacea) is an attractive plant indigenous to the North American plains that is well-loved not only for its beauty and its ability to attract butterflies, ... With dozens of varieties to choose from and blooms that last from early summer to late fall, easy-care echinacea is certainly a worthy addition to many landscapes. Echinacea is a relatively tolerant plant that survives a multitude of conditions. Native coneflowers really do not need fertilizer; as … Water the coneflowers once a day until they establish strong roots. To get the most blooms and the sturdiest plants, plant purple coneflowers in a spot that gets at least six to eight hours of full sun each day. Feed your container grown coneflowers with a 10-10-10 fertilizer. As soon as one of my cone flowers blooms, the petals are gone the next day! Fertilizer/Soil and … Therefore, this pruning process can potentially... Take proper care of the plant by watering it and handling pests. I live in Northern Alberta Canada so the winters here get very cold! The great news is that once you learn to take care of one coneflower… (Learn more about. Sow seeds in fall or winter. A. If you are moving a potted plant into the ground, dig a hole about twice the pot’s diameter and carefully place the plant in the soil. Coneflowers have raised cone-like centers (hence, the name) which contain seeds that attract butterflies. Submitted by Robin on October 25, 2019 - 1:02pm. Most coneflower do not need any additional care in the winter. To deadhead, cut the dead flower back to a leaf where you can see a bud ready to swell. wide (30-40 cm). In addition, the plant seems to be short, 8 to 10 inches and the interior of the plant seems to be wilting. I live in Columbus, Ohio. Coneflowers are very tolerant of poor soil conditions, but they perform best in soil that’s rich so mix in organic matter if needed. IF you have planters with coneflowers in them and live in a USDA growing zone between 9 and 5, you should be able to take great care of your potted coneflowers over the winter. Avoid frequent, shallow waterings, as deep watering soaks the roots and develops long, healthy roots. Coneflower (Echinacea) is an attractive plant indigenous to the North American plains that is well-loved not only for its beauty and its ability to attract butterflies, ... With dozens of varieties to choose from and blooms that last from early summer to late fall, easy-care … My strawberries and tomatoes stopped producing. Deep taproots make these plants quite drought-tolerant once established. They grow best in full sun (6 – 8 hours per … Native to North America, primarily … Answered on October 2, 2020. They grow 2 to 4 feet in height with dark green foliage. © Copyright 2020 Hearst Communications, Inc. This will result in later-flowering, more-compact growth because coneflowers can get leggy. Shearing them back in the spring will result in bushier plants that bloom longer into the season. Provide enough water to … Bright upright plants, coneflowers are a North American perennial in the Daisy family (Asteraceae). Coneflowers (Echinacea) can successfully be grown in pots or containers for display on porches, decks, or balconies. Tamp down. The solution to this predicament, and indeed in all cases of Round Up toxicity, is to let the plant grow out of it. Avoid overly rich … Coneflowers are easy to grow When it comes to the old-fashioned pink-purple or white coneflower, there isn’t an easier plant to grow. It’s still relatively early in season, and bargain plants can be a good way to increase your stock. Coneflower Winter Care. I’m finding differing opinions on this. Cut some and not others for more staggered bloom heights and times. A. Keep covered with a frost cloth. How to Grow Purple Coneflowers. This perennial is a real heat lover. Coneflowers don’t need any special fertilizers throughout the year. Light/Watering: Flowering is at its best in full sun, although plants will tolerate light shade. Use an insecticide labeled for use on the aster leafhopper to prevent the disease. My local nursery has coneflowers on sale for 50% off. Vegetable crops such as carrots and potatoes are also susceptible. In fall … Check them over closely; pick the healthiest looking. Pruning Coneflowers. Seeds can be started outdoors in the spring or summer, up to 2 months before frost. I don't want to use insecticides. There is no cure. Submitted by jd on December 26, 2018 - 2:07pm. … Apply the fertilizer at a rate of 1 pound for every 100 square feet of garden space just before the emergence of new leaves. We can’t make plants do what we want. Otherwise, distortion is usually due to Aster yellows but that’s usually later in the season and very noticable because of yellowed petals and leaves. Check out our video to learn more about the benefits of growing coneflowers. … I cut the coneflowers to the ground in November. We tend to grow coneflowers in the ground as perennial plants, but you can certainly grow them in pots if the containers are deep enough for the plant’s taproot (at least 2- or 3-gallon pots). You can deadhead coneflowers after the flowers die and shrivel up. Put mulch around the mound of the stem and make sure you keep some kind of slow release fertilizer mixed in. Follow your normal soil building strategies and … Flowers start blooming from the top o… Most gardeners purchase their purple coneflowers as plants from their local nursery. It prefers average, dry to medium, well-drained soils. Submitted by The Editors on August 12, 2020 - 12:18pm. Feed your container grown coneflowers with a 10-10-10 fertilizer. Replant the sections, and discard the plant's old, nonproductive center. Coneflower seeds benefit from 12 weeks of cold conditioning, also known as cold stratification. Late last summer, I bought two stunning coneflowers and planted them. Coneflowers are hardy in USDA zones 3-9, which means they should be hardy in containers down to zone 5. How to Care for 'Catalina Blue' Wishbone Flowers, Cornell University Extension: Coneflower, Purple, National Gardening Association: Coneflower, How to Prune "Sonata Mix" Cosmos Bipinnatus, Life Expectancy of the Kangaroo Paw Flower. These should be planted in spring or early summer. Coneflowers are at home in a traditional garden or a wildflower meadow; they are striking in masses, especially as a mix of various colors. Cut coneflowers for long-lasting bouquets. Yes, you should plant coneflower seeds in the fall, covering them with approximately ¼-inch of soil. After my neighbor sprayed Roundup in his yard I didn't get any female blossoms on zucchini and cucumbers. Water coneflowers during dry summer weather when weekly rainfall is less than 1 inch. Here are a few things you can do to get them started off right. About coneflowers Widely renowned as a medicinal plant, coneflowers … They may need a summer to get established, then should bloom in the subsequent summer. How to Deadhead and Prune Coneflowers In the beginning of the bloom season, to encourage more flowering, deadhead coneflowers regularly by cutting off the faded blooms before they produce seeds. Easy care, this Coneflower grows in clumps up to 18-30 in. Doesn’t sound like a hybrid going back to the old purple, what could be going on? My coneflowers self-seed regularly and where I had only one, now there are multiple places in the flower bed with lovely blooms that attract butterflies and bees. They are covered with snow for months, and they do fine the next year. Submitted by The Editors on August 12, 2020 - 12:11pm. Coneflowers (Echinacea spp.) Here’s how to grow this American native—and important tips on plant care, from deadheading to cutting back in July. Submitted by DaveG on September 8, 2018 - 12:04am. If you wish to keep the coneflowers in pots through winter, wait until the plant growth begins to slow in fall, then prune your plants back to soil level, and then move the pots to an area with low-to-moderate, indirect light where the temperature will stay between 40 to 50 degrees Fahrenheit. Do not water leaves from above, as this can encourage fungal disease on leaves. tall (45-60 cm) and 12-16 in. Follow the manufacturer’s directions for quantities. When pruning the leaves, should I prune the bigger more established leaves or the smaller ones? Best offers for your Garden - https://amzn.to/2InnD0w ----- How to Care for Coneflowers. My coneflowers are infected with Aster Yellows and will probably all need to be thrown out in the Fall. Feed coneflowers in early summer with granulated fertilizer scattered around the base of the plant and scratched into the soil. Buy the biggest plants you can find Avoid overly rich or fertile soil or the plant might become leggy. Fill container halfway with potting mix. Echinacea loves bright light and thrives in full sun. How To Plant and Care for Coneflower. Fertilize coneflowers in early spring, using a granular, time-release fertilizer with a ratio such as 12-6-6. It’s best to plant Coneflowers (Echinacea) by seed. The new flowers on the plant are a pale pinkish color. Luckily each flower remains in bloom for several weeks. They may reach between 2 and 4 feet in height, depending on variety. A tough, long-lived perennial, coneflower (Echinacea purpurea) provides bright color to the garden from spring until the first frost. Water thoroughly. This is my first attempt at a perennial garden, and I want to make sure that I take care of my coneflowers this fall. To deadhead blooms, clip or pinch the blossom and stem down to the next leaf or branching stem. Dyer began her writing career as a staff writer at a community newspaper and is now a full-time commercial writer. Deadheading is the primary maintenance required with Coneflowers. It prefers average, dry to medium, well-drained soils. They are fast growers and self-sow their seed profusely. Instead, water at soil level. Their genus name Echinacea comes from the Latin name for hedgehog, echinus, referring to the often prickly lower stem of the plant. 2. How to Grow Coneflowers Put a thin layer of compost around the plants, then a 2–inch layer of mulch to help keep the plants moist and prevent weeds. When new growth appears in the spring, transition the plant to a brighter, warmer (60 to 70 degrees) setting. Native coneflowers really do not need fertilizer; as discussed above, just ensure your soil has plenty of organic matter when you plant. I have read that I could plant coneflower seeds in the fall and they will bloom in the spring. Best offers for your Garden - https://amzn.to/2InnD0w ----- How to Care for Coneflowers. Top the compost with 2 to 3 inches of organic mulch such as chopped bark or leaf mulch. Submitted by Dominique Tucker on August 28, 2018 - 1:14pm. Custom programming and server maintenance by, https://www.canr.msu.edu/news/be_careful_using_round_up_and_other_glyphosate_herbicides. I've been wanting to plant some in my garden but not sure which to plant, do all coneflowers attract bees and butterflies? Do you think the echinacea (and strawberry plants will be ok, and safe to ingest if they come back next year? When planted, the original flowers were bright orange-red. Strawberry leaves still look healthy, but tomatoes leaves are slowly dying. I bought echinacea transplants in the spring and planted them in large pots, along with a tomato and a zucchini. 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