How to Transplant Coreopsis


Coreopsis is a long-blooming perennial that is native to North America. The plant produces flowers from the spring throughout the fall. Most species grow to about 2 feet tall and produce yellow flowers that resemble daisies. Other species produce orange, red and pink flowers. Coreopsis is a low maintenance plant that tolerates transplanting well and is also resistant to deer and dry spells.

Difficulty: Easy


Things You’ll Need:

  • Shovel
  • 10-10-10 granular fertilizer
  1. Find a new planting site for the coreopsis. The site should have well-draining soil and be in full sun daily. The site should be 10 to 12 inches away from any other plants, including other coreopsis.

  2. Use a shovel or hand spade to dig up the coreopsis. Start digging at least 6 inches past the widest point of the foliage, at a downward angle to avoid cutting roots. Gently pull the plant out of the ground and tap off any loose soil. Do this in the fall or early spring.

  3. Dig a hole in the new planting spot that is twice as wide as the root ball and just as deep. Lower the coreopsis into the new hole so the top of the roots are level with the soil surface. Fill the hole with soil and firm it around the roots with your hands.

  4. Water the soil around the base of the plant until it settles.

  5. Apply an application of 10-10-10 granular fertilizer to the soil around the plant according to the package directions, if you transplanted in the spring. If you transplanted in the fall, wait until the spring to apply fertilizer.

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