Echinacea 'White Swan' has an abundance of large, pure white perennial flowers with drooping petals and a deep orange centre. They make an excellent addition to any garden with their honey fragrance and long flowering season.
They are also extremely attractive to bees and butterflies in the summer and their seed heads will attract birds in the winter.
|When to Sow
|Indoors Feb to May, August to October
|Where to Sow
|Sow indoors on the surface of moist compost filled pots or trays. Do not cover the seeds as they require light for germination. Place in a warm, light position (temperature of 18 to 24°C (64 to 75°F) is ideal).
|Watch out for damping off.
|What to do Next
|When seedlings are large enough to handle, transplant into 7.5cm (3in) pots or trays and grow on in cooler conditions.
|When all risk of frost has passed, acclimatise indoor raised seedlings to outdoor conditions over 7 to 10 days. Then transplant into final growing position planting them 45cm (18in) apart.
|Water, fertilise and dead-head regularly to prolong the flowering period.
|June to October
|Attracts Bees, butterflies and other pollinating insects.
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