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How to Transplant Cone Flowers

By Heide Braley ; Updated September 21, 2017

Coneflowers are perennial plants that will come back year after year a little bigger each time; and since they tend to self-sow, new little seedlings will be found growing around the mother plant. These seedlings can be transplanted to form new bunches of this popular medicinal flower also known as Echinacea. The mother clump of coneflowers can also be dug up and cut into sections, which can then be transplanted elsewhere in your yard.

Dig up the flower you wish to transplant. If it is a newly started seedling, keep as much of the soil around the root base as possible. If you are dividing a large mass of coneflowers, dig the root mass up and cut through it with a sharp knife. Keep a good section of roots with each section or you risk killing the transplant.

Prepare a new hole for the coneflowers. They like full sun but can grow rather tall--up to 4 feet high--so be sure to plant them at the back of a landscape bed if you are planting shorter flowers or plants in front. This plant also does well in areas that you want to naturalize, as it will continue to reseed new seedlings, spreading over the area. Dig the hole 2-3 inches larger than the root mass so you can loosen up the soil before planting.

Plant the transplanted coneflower into the prepared hole. Little seedlings should be transplanted in the spring before serious growing starts; divide the clumps earlier, while the plant is still dormant. Press the soil in around the roots and water.

Stop watering the plant after a couple of weeks have passed and the coneflower has started growing. It does not need extra water and will actually become a hardier plant without the water.


Things You Will Need

  • Shovel
  • Knife
  • Sunny spot
  • Water

About the Author


Maryland resident Heide Braley is a professional writer who contributes to a variety of websites. She has focused more than 10 years of research on botanical and garden articles and was awarded a membership to the Society of Professional Journalists. Braley has studied at Pennsylvania State University and Villanova University.