Tidy Tips are fast-growing and undemanding California wildflowers. Native to the Western U.S., Perennial Tidy Tips plants are great for naturalizing banks and roadways. It will look great in your flower bed, too. This guide on “How to Grow Tidy Tips Flower’s” will show you just how easy it is to grow these cute flowers.
Tidy Tips are spring blooming, daisy-like flowers. They are bright yellow, with white tips, and grow 1 to 1 1/2 inches in diameter. Flower stems are sturdy. These small plants grow 9″ to 12″ high. Plants are drought resistant and ask for little attention.
A Little Trivia: The Brits fell in love with Tidy Tips, and adopted them into their English Country Gardens.
Try growing Tidy Tips in rock gardens, flower beds, as a true wildflower, or even in containers on your balcony or deck.
Flowers Bloom: Spring to early Summer to Fall
Flower Colors: Yellow flowers with white tips.
Plant height: 9 to 12 inches tall.
Plant Hardiness Zones: 3 – 10
Perennial, Layia Platyglossa
Tidy Tips are grown from seed. The seeds germinate in up to 10-28 days, depending upon weather conditions. Sow seeds directly outdoors, early in the season, just before the last frost date in your area. Plant seeds just 1/8″ deep, or broadcast spread them in the area you want them. Water very lightly after planting the seeds. These tiny seeds can easily wash too deeply into the soil. Also, mark the planting area.
These prolific seeders will re-seed themselves for years to come.
Note: For indoor starts, we recommend using a heated germination mat, to increase the speed of germination. And, it, results in a higher germination rate.
Final Plant Spacing: Space plants 4 to 6 inches apart.
Days to Germination: Seeds sprout in 10 – 28 days.
Perennial Tidy Tips are very easy to grow. They like full sun and grow well in cool areas. They tolerate almost any soil but should be well-drained. Plants are drought resistant.
Once plants have sprouted, they will do well with little or no attention.
Once your Tidy Tip plants are established, they should grow well with few problems. They do not like wet soils. And, plants can suffer in the high, mid-summer heat.
For best growth, control grassy weeds.
Ideal Soil pH: 5.0 – 8.0.
Plant Problems – Identify the causes and find the cures, too.
Tidy Tip plants have few insect or disease problems.
They do not like hot or rainy weather.