How to Plant Cone Flowers from seed or Otherwise

HELLO THERE, MY QUESTION IS HOW DO I GO ABOUT PLANTING CONE FLOWERS FROM SEED? MY MOTHER AND I HAD PLANTED THE FLOWER HEADS LAST FALL, THEY WERE THE "WHITE SWAN" VARIETY. WE WERE UNDERSTANDABLY DISAPPOINTED AS THEY DID NOT COME UP,NOR DID THE EXISTING PLANT SURVIVE,SHE TRANSPLANTED IT AND IT DIDN'T COME BACK. wE HAVE LOTS OF OTHER CONE FLOWER VARIETIES, SUCH AS THE PALE THE PUPLE THE YELLOW AND ALSO HAVE WHAT WE BELIEVE IS THE PRARIE TYPE. THANK YOU FOR YOUR KNOWLEDGE IT IS GREATLY APPRECIATED
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The problem is, when you plant seeds from a hybrid cultivar such as White Swan, the seeds are usually sterile. Other times, plants will germinate but they will revert to one of the parents, rather than looking like what you originally grew. Try germinating seeds from the species coneflower rather than a named cultivar. You should have better luck that way.

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