Fertilizing Tickseed

Native to the United States, Tickseed, or Coreopsis, is a genus of flowering plants that can be annuals or perennials depending on the type. These plants overall are low maintenance, which makes them perfect for both beginner and expert gardeners. Tickseeds do not require fertilizer to thrive. However, just because they don’t need fertilizer doesn’t mean that they won’t benefit from its use.

Utilizing a well-balanced fertilizer, preferably a granular one with an NPK ratio of 10-10-10, will help keep your plant healthy and improve its appearance. If your tickseed is not blooming well, you can try feeding it. Fertilizing will help boost the number of flowers as well as their overall size. In addition, water-soluble fertilizers break down at a fast rate, so you can see results quickly.

You must not, however, fertilize a newly planted tickseed. Wait until it is fully established before feeding because fertilizing can weaken a new plant.


How to Fertilize Tickseed

Before you fertilize, take time to read the instructions on the packaging, in their entirety. Avoid fertilizing younger tickseeds as they are much more delicate and can burn easily. Make sure the soil surrounding your tickseed is moist. If it isn’t, water the plant generously. Doing so will help the fertilizer to break down and reach the roots more easily.

In addition, you can opt for a soil test to check the pH level. This can help to determine if your soil needs a different type of fertilizer to help it reach the ideal pH level. The test will also reveal any potential nutrient deficiencies.

Best Time To Fertilize Tickseed

If you want more or larger flowers from your tickseed plant, you should use fertilizer during early springtime. Fertilize lightly and do so only once per year, always during early spring. The reason is that if you fertilize later in the year, for example, around wintertime, the plant is not actively growing and will not benefit from added nutrition.


Best Fertilizer For Tickseed

As previously stated, the best choice for your tickseed is a fertilizer with an NPK ratio of 10-10-10. This type of fertilizer contains 10% nitrogen, 10% phosphate, and 10% potassium. This is a perfectly balanced fertilizer designed to give your plant all of the nutrients it needs to thrive. A granular type is a preferred choice for tickseeds. This formula will work wonders to give you an abundant number of beautiful flowers. Using it once per year will do the trick.

Tickseed Fertilizing Tips

  • Avoid fertilizing newly planted tickseed
  • Use a granular fertilizer with a 10-10-10 ratio
  • Apply only a light amount, once per year in early spring
  • Water the soil deeply to help break down the fertilizer


-Always wear protective gloves and a face mask when handling chemical fertilizers.

-Closely follow all directions and storage guidelines that are on the fertilizer label.


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Author Chris Link - Published 07-26-2022