How to Care for Tickseed Flowers

Overview

Tickseed, also known as Coreopsis or Tickweed, is a species of perennial herb native to North America. It typically grows to about 12 inches in height and produces large, yellow flowers throughout the summer. Tickseed flowers live for 2 to 3 years if given the proper care, and are hardy in zones 4 through 9. They are fairly disease- and drought-resistant, and attract beneficial insects such as bees and butterflies to the garden.

Step 1

Plant tickseed flowers during early spring in a location that receives full sunlight throughout the day. Spread 2 inches of organic compost over the site prior to planting and use a garden tiller to incorporate it into the soil. Allow at least 8 inches of space between each tickseed planting.

Step 2

Water tickseed flowers once per week during spring, summer and fall, but only on weeks that don't receive at least 2 inches of rainfall. Reduce frequency to once per month during winter.

Step 3

Feed tickseed once per year in early spring using a balanced 10-10-10 NPK fertilizer. Apply half the recommended dosage, as too much fertilizer reduces the number of blooms. Follow the manufacturer's directions for proper application.

Step 4

Encourage additional flowering by trimming the plant to about 1 inch below each dead blossom, and new growth will replace it shortly after. Continue throughout the blooming season to maximize flower production.

Step 5

Cut tickseed flowers back to the ground immediately after the tops are killed by frost. Cover with a 1-inch layer of mulch to insulate the soil and protect the root system throughout thewinter. Remove the mulch in early spring, just before growth starts.

Things You'll Need

  • Organic compost
  • Garden tiller
  • Fertilizer
  • Mulch

References

  • University of Illinois Extension: Tickseed
  • Maryland Cooperative Extension: Coreopsis Production and Consumer Care
  • "Indiana Gardener's Guide;" Joellen Sharp, Tom Tyler; 2004
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Willow Sidhe is a freelance writer living in the beautiful Hot Springs, AR. She is a certified aromatherapist with a background in herbalism. She has extensive experience gardening, with a specialty in indoor plants and herbs. Sidhe's work has been published on numerous Web sites, including Gardenguides.com.