How to Grow Coreopsis Plants

CosmicRugged, durable, but still very charming, Coreopsis is wonderful choice for everyone looking to add color and beauty to their surroundings. Perfect for borders, coreopsis plants make a fine addition to rock garden settings and can also be grown in pots or containers. The name Coreopsis is a combination of Greek words ‘Koris’ (meaning bedbug) and ‘Opsis’ (meaning view), an obvious allusion to the flat, bug shaped fruit of the plant. Coreopsis seeds are quite a rage with many species of birds and, should you allow the seed heads to remain during the cold season, you’ll have a busy time with your camera! Coreopsis plants are loved for their long blooming period. They’re also resistant to drought and need very little care. Mature plant height varies with the species of coreopsis and ranges from 10-18 inches. Coreopsis plants do best in sunny sites and can be combined with other sun perennial plants like daisies and coneflowers to create breathtaking visuals. And don’t worry if the sun’s not too generous with your garden, for these stunning perennials can do reasonably well in partly shaded locations. Planting coreopsis plants is a simple process- dig a hole that’s big enough to accommodate the root ball, add some organic fertilizer to the bottom of the hole and set the young plant into the hole. Refill and water the soil. The best thing about growing coreopsis plants is that they’re so very easy to care for. The hardest thing you’ll need to do is to irrigate the plants once a week until they establish. Coreopsis plants bloom from early summer to fall. Deadhead coreopsis flowers as they start to lose color. This will help prolong the period of bloom. Annual fertilization does a world of good for the plants’ health and is therefore recommended. I’d suggest you fertilize coreopsis plants in spring, using a general purpose, slow release fertilizer. Easy to grow, easy to care and extremely easy on the eyes, coreopsis plants are a must for every garden!