How To Transport Coneflowers? (Answered)

by Alex Kountry
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Coneflowers are one of the favorite plants gardeners love to have around.

This is because of their amazing medicinal properties and of course, they are great at attracting bees and other pollinators to your garden. They do well on the lawn and also as potted or container flowers. 

Most coneflowers are often bought as seedlings, planted in pots then transplanted into the garden after the winter has passed.

This is most often done to protect them from the danger of frost. 

We will discuss how to successfully transport coneflowers today, whether they are easy to transplant, and the best place to plant coneflowers among other questions. 

How Do You Transplant Coneflowers

How To Transport Coneflowers
  • Choose an Ideal Location

Before you remove your coneflowers from their pot base, pick out the location you intend to replant the coneflowers.

Choose a location in the garden that receives direct sunlight.

You may also need to enrich the soil with the application of organic matter though coneflowers can withstand soils that are not so fertile. 

Coneflowers are partial to hot weather. If you are in an area prone to regular winters then it is advisable you plant the coneflowers in a greenhouse. This will help to shield them from the worst of the elements. 

  • Prepare The Site 

Although coneflowers are not very demanding when it comes down to what they need, it is still important that you prepare the soil before placing them in the new soil.

When transplanting coneflowers, choose a day after it has rained or fully saturate the soil the day before digging. 

The distance between the holes should be between 1 and 3 feet. Additionally, you should dig a deep pit around the plant.

Coneflower roots can extend as far as 5 feet into the ground, and you should allow for at least 1 foot.

  • Digging and Replanting

Take the coneflower seedlings out of the pot to transplant them.

In this case, it’s important to be careful when taking out the plantings from the pot or container. Taking a firm hold of  the plants’ stem near the soil and gently pulling it out of the pot is a good way to do this.

Transfer them to the already dug hole. It is important that you do not leave the coneflowers to dry out.

This is the reason for the site preparation step as you would have pre arranged the area before digging out the plants.

  • Composting

After transplanting, you might want to add a little compost to the soil. The compost and organic matter will help to keep the soil filled and tight. 

  • Watering

When you plant the transplants, you should give them a lot of water to help them get started.

You can also put ground cover around the plants to help keep water in the soil. But you don’t have to water the coneflowers all the time because too much watering will lead to rot. 

Inspect the ground to see if it is dry before you water the plants so you don’t leave them in water.

You should water the plant once or twice a week until it gets established. Depending on where the plant is, once it is established, it may not need much or any water after that. 

Here is an article I wrote on why do coneflowers turn black

Are Coneflowers Easy To Transplant?

Coneflowers are pretty very easy to transplant.

Once you have them in the containers, choose a location outside for them and prepare the soil before digging out the plants.

Do not forget, if you are in a cold environment with harsh winters, it is best to plant the flowers in a greenhouse. 

The period of transplanting is always quite important as it determines how well the transplanted seedlings will come out.

Coneflowers should be relocated or transplanted in early spring, when the soil is still soft and warm. 

The coneflowers transplanted in spring are always quick to put down new roots. 

They can also be moved in the beginning of fall, when the weather is cooler and the sun isn’t as strong as it is in summer.

It is not a good idea to move coneflowers in the summer. Because the sun is so strong, the plants can get heat stress, which can kill them.

Can You Divide Coneflowers?

Plant division is the process of splitting a single flower into multiple parts. It is often done by gardeners to help the plant perform better.

When plants are divided, there is more space for the plant roots to grow as well as absorb essential nutrients.

Coneflowers can also be divided as they are perennials and often need space to grow.

Coneflowers can be divided within every 3 to 4 years and just like transplanting, division is best done either in spring or fall. 

  • Dividing Coneflowers in the Fall

Coneflowers are best dug up and split in the fall.   Once you’ve dug up the plant, you can see and figure out which parts of the plant didn’t do well during the growing season and trim them out. 

If you want to move coneflowers during fall, the flowers should have died off before digging them up. Most of the time, this will happen between late September and early October.

  • Dividing Coneflowers in Summer

One other decent time to divide coneflowers is in spring. In the spring, not only are the coneflowers growing and spreading quickly.

This means that coneflowers that are moved in the spring will quickly grow new roots. 

Spring days are also often cloudy and cool, which is great for planting.

If you want to move coneflowers in the spring, you should wait until new shoots come up from the ground. This will happen to most coneflowers in April.

Summer is not so great for flower transplanting as the hot summer weather stresses the plants and affects their growth negatively. 

Also check out this article I wrote on do coneflowers attract bees

Where Is The Best Place To Plant Coneflowers?

Coneflower is a plant that can be found pretty much everywhere in backyards and gardens.

Coneflowers are heat and drought resistant which makes them a great favorite of many gardeners.

They are easy to plant and can bloom within 60-90 days. 

It is always advisable to plant your coneflowers first in containers before transferring them to your garden.

This will help to protect the seedlings from the danger of frost. 

As they blossom and grow, they will add a pop of colour and make everywhere absolutely lovely.

Coneflowers should be planted where they will be able to get plenty of light, at around 6 hours per day.

The soil should also be well drained however they are still known to do well in clay soil.

Can I Transplant Coneflowers In The Fall?

Yes, you can transplant coneflowers during fall. As a matter of fact, fall is one of the best periods to transplant coneflowers.

This is because the heat from summer is no longer there to stress out the plants. 


Coneflowers are definitely one of the favourite plants we love to see in the garden.

We assure you it would be a great addition to yours as well. Coneflowers are easy to transplant and are best done in fall or early springtime. 

Before transplanting, you should prepare your soil location, prep the site, then dig out the plants carefully before placing them in the holes.

Composting the soil will also help plant growth and of course you should water thoroughly.

Since coneflowers are perennials, then it is handy for you to divide them from time to time.

This gives them space to grow and do better. We hope this easy guide helps make your transplanting easier. 

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Alex Kountry

Alex Kountry is the founder of HayFarmGuy and has been a backyard farmer for over 10 years. Since then he has decided to write helpful articles that will help you become a better backyard farmer and know what to do. He also loves to play tennis and read books


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