How to Prune, Thin and Transplant Tickseed Coreopsis

How to Prune, Thin and Transplant Tickseed Coreopsis

How to Prune, Thin and Transplant Tickseed Coreopsis

Tickseed, also known as coreopsis, is one of my favorite low water bedding plants. This sun loving perennial has showy yellow blooms and is considered by many to be one of the best native wildflowers to use in a garden. Some of the qualities that make tickseed coreopsis are popular is its long blooming season from early summer to late clear. Tickseed is also disease and pest resistant and once established, requires little in the way of fertilizer or water. It is low maintenance and tolerance for heat is what makes it an ideal bedding plant for organic or xeriscape gardens.

Tickseed Coreopsis is available in most gardening centers from May to July. While you probably would prefer to buy established plants the first year, it does not take too long before you will have more coreopsis than you know what to do with

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In my garden beds, new seedlings seem to pop up in the early spring and mid summer. To prevent overgrowth, the seedlings are thinned by digging them up with a gardening knife. I usually leave the primary plant, but remove all seedlings within 12 inches of the base.

In the spring, these seedlings can easily be transplanted into pony packs or small pot. Summer seedlings however, do not seem to handle the heat as well and tend not to survive the transplant.

Before digging up the transplant, the ground should be watered the night before loosen up the soil. The following morning, the seedlings can be dug up with a small hand trowel and repotted into recycled 4 "gardening pots. Since tickseed grows best in sandy soil, I make my own potting mixture by combining potting soil and sand in a 1: 1 ratio.

Some varieties of Tickseed will bloom a second time if pruned. The time to prune after the seed has been opened. The bloom stalks can be pruned individually, or whole handfuls of the stalks can be gathered up and pruned with one snipping.

Propagating by Division

Coreopsis should be divided every 3-5 years to keep the plant healthy. This is best done in the early spring or late fall which allows ample time for the roots to recover from the summer heat or winter freeze.

To divide Coreopsis,

1. Carefully lift the plant out of the ground, using a shovel.
2. Shake off the loose soil. 3. Divide the root clump with your hands. Coreopsis should divide into three or four smaller clumps. 4. Replant the Coreopsis sections, lightly tamping the soil over the roots. Add grass clippings to protect the roots while they recover.

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