May it be known to you as Tickseed, which is botanically named Coreopsis, is a perfect plant for you if you are in search of one which needs less care, blooms almost in every weather, and also have a heavenly satisfying look.
It belongs to the family of Asters and quite similar in look as the Daisies. Mostly the flowers of this plant are yellow in color, but the combination of red and yellow is also available.
They are native species of north, south and central America. More than 75 species are available in the whole country. They are a flower to cultivate.
As they are the family members of the Asters, so they are rich in both pollen and nectar. So many insects like honeybees, butterflies, caterpillars, etc. are interested in these flowers.
Most interestingly, the meaning of their name Coreopsis in “always cheerful.” And when it is Coreopsis Arkansa, it means “love at first sight.”
Some Important Information’s
Native name: Tickseed, Pot of Gold
Botanical name: Coreopsis
Native to: North, Central, and South of America
Blooming time: Summer
Soil Type: Well-drained
Soil pH: 5.5 to 6.5
Light exposure: Full light
Plant Type: Perennial
Height: 10-18 inches
Wide: 12-24 inches
How to Grow Coreopsis
More than 75 species of Coreopsis are available. All they belong to Coreopsis doesn’t mean all they are good as cultivars. Not all of them are perennials. Some of the varieties are very new, that they are on a test to identify their ratings as per hardiness.
So, its good to go as per catalogs or direct by the seeds to grow the plants. The hardiness of Coreopsis may vary according to their type.
Their color, size of plants, breeding procedure, and blooming time also may vary according to their species.
Using the technique deadheading can help you to grow the flowers in summer. Some of the smaller varieties of Coreopsis are also available on which to apply the technique of deadlifting is not possible.
Well-drained soil is perfect for growing Coreopsis. In wet soil, they may face some difficulties. Most of the varieties of this flower are very easy to grow because no need for an exact Ph level is needed. Some varieties can tolerate dry, rocky, sandy soil. In winter, to help the plants grow, you can mix some compost to it.
These plants are warm-season ones, so they need a warm temperature to grow. They can easily survive in dry areas also.
They need direct sunlight to be in a happy mood as they are summer-loving plants. In light of the shady place, they can also survive and grow. When in sunny areas, you don’t need to bother with them, afternoon shade will be enough.
No need for extra watering. Just water them regularly. Try to water them early in the morning. Try to water them deeply only once a week and check a minimum one inch below the surface is wet so that the roots will remain healthier.
Not so much fertilization is needed if the quality of the soil is good enough. Just add some compost to it. Excess fertilization can reduce flower production.
The average lifetime of Coreopsis is 3 to 5 years. As they are rugged kind of plants, they only planted to produce flowers, so lifetime more than that is not required.
How to plant it
The steps to plant coreopsis are:
- Dig a hole in your selected place.
- Place your plant on the hole.
- Keep enough distance from one to another if you are planting more than one.
- Keep watering regularly.
Some popular varieties of Coreopsis
Coreopsis Jive: Grows in hardiness 4-9. Good to grow in early and midsummer.
Coreopsis Desert Coral: Grows in Hardiness 6-10. Good to grow in early and midsummer also in late fall.
Coreopsis Mercury Rising: Grows in hardiness zone 5-9. Early and mid of summer, and late fall.
Coreopsis Ruby Frost: Grows in hardiness 6-10. Early and midsummer, and in late fall.
Coreopsis Nana: Grows in hardiness 4-9. Mid and late spring. Early-mid and late summer.
Pests and diseases
Coreopsis has not much hassle with diseases. Sometimes in wet seasons, they get infected by snails and other fungal diseases. So, plant them in full sun and air circulating areas.
Note: to grow them directly from seeds. It may take 4 to 6 weeks to grow. The true hybrids can’t grow by seeds.
Katie L. Brown is a garden writer with many years of experience. Writing about gardening and over years of experience working in nurseries. She uses her land and skills to working on new ideas, tips, and tricks to inform you. Currently, Katie L. Brown is the Founder Editor of gardenhubs, leading Garden coverage blog specifically.