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propagating perennials: Coreopsis Verticillata "Moonbeam" or tickseed
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Friday, March 21, 2008

Coreopsis Verticillata "Moonbeam" or tickseed

Coreopsis Moonbeam is mostly noticed for the quality of its bloom, a butter yellow that shines in the afternoon and early evening. It is called tickseed because the center of the flower looks like a tick. Dark green thin foliage, that look like spruce leaves, sets off the flowers beautifully. Drought-tolerant, but it needs well-drained soil. Well-drained soil is especially important in the winter as is watering, which is when most plants die. It is one of the perennials that surfaces last the garden bed in spring.
Coreopsis ‘Moonbeam’ handles rocky and dry soils. Coreopsis is sterile so no seedlings will spread throughout the garden bed. It must be propagated. It is a good choice for naturalizing or for border fronts, planted in sporadic spots throughout the garden, fragrance is non-existent, and it likes sun and it’s at its best pruned back after flowering and reaches heights of up to 18-24". Since it flowers up to frost, prune back after blooming, Coreopsis will form new buds and will continue to bloom profusely throughout the summer months in your garden bed. It is best divided in late fall to plant in the garden bed the following summer. Propagating is simple. Simply take a shovel and dig up the plant with more soil then necessary then divide, trim back the roots, which are very fine in comparison to German Bearded Iris roots, then repot in a mix of sand and manure, with a handful of bonemeal thrown in before replanting and water profusely. It also has a cousin “Rosea” whose blooms are a washed pink, and seems to less tolerant to the summer heat then Moonbeam.

1 comment:

Di DeCaire said...

Thanks for the tips. I'm going to divide mine soon.

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