How to Grow Coreopsis Flowers
Coreopsis flowers are members of the sunflower family. They look a lot like
a daisy. Sometimes called "Tickseed" or "Calliopsis", this attractive plant
has yellow, gold, red, maroon, or a combination of these colors ,on
sturdy stalks that grow from 1 1/2' to 4' tall. While most Coreopsis are
perennials, there are a few annual varieties. It is native to prairies and
Coreopsis gets it's name from the Greek word for "bug". It was given this
name because its dried, flat fruit resembles a bug.
The Coreopsis flower attracts butterflies. Songbirds like the pods, filled
with seed. Coreopsis makes excellent cut flowers, too. The strong stems
do not require staking.
Coreopsis are grown from seed. They can be directly seeded into your flower
garden in early spring.
Sow Coreopsis seeds early in the season, covering lightly with coarse or
sandy soil. Keep the soil moist until they germinate, about one of two weeks.
Final spacing for the plants is about 12" apart. Plants will bloom approximately
60 days after planting.
How to Grow Coreopsis Plants:
Growing Coreopsis is easy. Once established, they will thrive for years.
Coreopsis plants prefers a warm climate and full to partial sun. Being native
to prairies and dry plains, it prefers a dry environment, but will tolerate
occasional wet weather.
Mix in plenty of compost prior to the first planting. During dry periods,
it will survive with little water. But, it's absolutely okay to pamper it
with an occasional drink of water. Coreopsis does not need a rich soil. But,
it will benefit from a dose of fertilizer once or twice a season.
Insect and Disease:
If insect or disease problems occur, treat early with organic or chemical
insect repellents and fungicide.
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