Coreopsis is sometimes listed as Calliopsis or Tickseed. It is superbly easy to grow once established and untroubled by insects, disease, and even deer. Continue reading below for some tips on how to grow Coreopsis from seed.

Coreopsis lanceolata
Family: Asteraceae


Season & Zone
Exposure: Full sun
Zone: Hardy to Zone 4

Start indoors in late winter for transplanting out after last frost. Or direct sow when a slight risk of frost is still possible. In areas where winter is mild, seeds can be direct sown in the fall, as well. Seeds germinate in 5-25 days. If starting indoors, maintain soil temperature at 12-21°C (55-70°F) and provide bright light.

Sow seeds on the surface of the soil. Transplant or thin to 15cm (6″).

Deadhead often and do not feed, as fertilizers can reduce flowering. Coreopsis will adapt to many different soils, but prefers well drained, rich soil. This perennial species may self sow and also spread (very slowly) by underground rhizomes.