Coreopsis Creme Brulee-Blooms Are Dying

nmchugh6June 28, 2010

I bought this two weeks ago and planted immediately. (Mix of native NJ sandy soil(good 75%) and remainder organic soil). Looked fine week one. Last week I noticed some buds looked droopey. Gave her some water every other day. Now at 2 weeks after original planting, most blooms are gone. Is this normal? Should I pinch, how? Should I sheer with sharp sizzors? With either method, what should I expect next? (How soon for more blooms)?

Thanks for any help!

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It's pretty normal for most perennials to have flowers for a week or two tops out of the season. I haven't grown this particular coreopsis, but most of the ones I've grown have been basically like this. However, most coreopsis will rebloom a little bit if deadheaded, unlike say a peony where that's it for the year.

And yes, you can definitely use scissors to cut it back -- I'd say you can cut as much as about half of it off, water and maybe give it a shot of miracle grow or similar, and it should bloom again in a few weeks, but not as heavily as the first time.

Maybe someone who has grown this particular one will chime in with a better answer, but I think I'm at least in the ballpark.

    Bookmark   June 29, 2010 at 3:35PM
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gottagarden(z5 western NY)

CB blooms for a very long time, I suspect it lost blooms due to transplant shock and/or it started blooming a long time ago in the greenhouse.

    Bookmark   June 30, 2010 at 7:47AM
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It has never returned for me after the first winter.Nobody is selling it here in Denmark anymore.

    Bookmark   August 3, 2011 at 9:14AM
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