How to Grow Coreopsis

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The coreopsis is a beautiful perennial flower that likes hot and dry summers and cold winters. Buy coreopsis plants to grow any time of year with instructions from a sustainable gardener in this free video on gardening and plant care. View Video Transcript

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Yolanda Vanveen

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Hi, this is Yolanda Vanveen and in this segment, we're going to learn all about how to grow Coreopsis. Now Coreopsis is a beautiful perennial. It grows just like a Shasta daisy and it comes back from year to year to year, and it has all types of gorgeous yellow sunflower type flowers on it. And it's a really plant, and it's native to North America. To figure out how to grow it, I always consider it's native areas. Now, Coreopsis grows wild on the prairies all over thee Americas, so it likes hot, really dry summers and then really cold winters. So it's hearty from zone four to ten. It can handle quite cold temperatures, and it's a gorgeous plant that's easy to grow. So you can buy it any time of the year. This is purchased in the fall, so I'm going to plant it and it'll come up and bloom next summer. And this variety is Coreopsis Baby Sun, and they call it Tick Seed as well because a lot of the, for two different reasons and they say that the seeds are just like little black ticks and when you're walking through a field of wild Coreopsis, you get the seeds all over you and that's how they spread, and also the ticks can hide out in the plant, too. So sometimes if you're walking through a nice, gorgeous valley of Coreopsis, you might end up having ticks on you. But they like full sun, they bloom in the summer, they like well drained soil. They get about a foot and a half to two feet tall and they're hearty and really even to zone three, so they can really handle some cold, cold temperatures. They have really bright and cheerful yellow flowers, and they're pretty compact, so when they multiple, they don't really take over too quickly. And they're great for cut flowers, too. They're not like the African daisies that close up when you cut 'em or when it's shady, they stay open all the time. So Coreopsis, sometimes they call it Calliopsis, is a gorgeous plant that belongs in your garden, especially if you have a butterfly garden 'cause the butterflies just love it and they will be in it all day every summer. So you can plant it any time of the year. It's a very hearty perennial.