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How to Plant Coneflower Bulbs

By Melissa Lewis ; Updated September 21, 2017

Coneflowers are tall flowers that resemble daisies. They can be grown from seeds or transplanted as growing plants from your local nursery. Coneflower seeds grow into a bulb-like structures called rhizomes. While rhizomes are commonly referred to as bulbs and even sold as bulbs, they are not true bulbs, scientifically. However, no matter what you choose to call them, coneflower bulbs should be planted in the spring.

Choose an area that is in full sun to partial shade to grow your coneflowers. Amend the soil so that it is well draining and rich in nutrients. Mixing in several inches of organic matter, such as compost, to the top foot of your planting bed will accomplish both goals at one time.

Plant the coneflower bulbs so that they are about two inches from the soil’s surface. The crowns should be facing up.

Space coneflowers at least one feet apart from one another. Some larger coneflower varieties need more space, such as the double decker cornflower, which should be spaced about two feet apart.

Fill in the hole with the soil you dug out and use the palm of your hand to push firmly down on the soil. Water the bulbs well and then push down on the soil once more. Tamping down the soil will remove any possible air pockets, which can cause root rot.


Things You Will Need

  • Garden rake
  • Organic matter

About the Author


Melissa Lewis is a former elementary classroom teacher and media specialist. She has also written for various online publications. Lewis holds a Bachelor of Arts in psychology from the University of Maryland Baltimore County.