Post by nofeargardener on Aug 6, 2011 9:19:31 GMT -6
I REALLY enjoy my moonbeam coreopsis plants out in front of my house. They're one of my favorites.
I live in zone 5b and the plants are on the south side of the house where they get full-sun.
Question... I've been told that deadheading the spent flowers can help new flowers bloom. I've done that, in addition to adding compost, and a little all-purpose organic flower food. Yet... no new blooms.
Don't get me wrong, when it blooms, it's gorgeous. But I haven't been able to get more beyond that. Does that sound normal? Any tips or ideas to get more? Or should I just expect that first round and be satisfied with that?
Ive read were you can cut them back i think a one third in mid or late summer to prolong the bloom season. what its supost to be doing is instead of the plants energy making seeds the energy gose to growing new shoots n blooms, [da energy gotta go some were n do sumthing ;D ] I never tried it cause im a seedaholic. n too scared of not collecting seeds for next year. I hope you let a few go to seed cause coreopsis are not perennials. there hardy annuals. they come back every year from reseeding themselves or someone saving n sowing seeds. Do you have a pic?? please!! ;D
Post by nofeargardener on Aug 8, 2011 8:47:34 GMT -6
haven't forgotten about ya Christy. I just need to set a few minutes aside to snap a couple pics fir ya. Although, there's not much to see. The flowers are all spent. But the foliage still looks real nice. I'll see if I can't snap a pic in the next day.
And thanks for the input everyone. I appreciate it. Guess I'll have to just be thankful fir what I got as far as the blooms go.