Pruning Coreopsis Flowers – Deadheading

deadheading coreopsis

Learn about pruning Coreopsis flowers- deadheading. Coreopsis, aka-tickseed, is a beautiful wildflower native to Texas that belongs in the daisy family. They come in many colors such as, yellow, orange, and red. There are even bi-color options available. 

This perennial prefers full-sun, is drought and heat tolerant and will bloom from spring through summer. Learn about some full sun shrubs that will look nice next to coreopsis flowers. Check out our tree and bush trimming service page for help maintaining flowers and shrubs.

Coreopsis will do well USDA Hardy Zones 7, 8, and 9. Clumps of coreopsis should be separated every couple of years for new growth to really take off.

Keep reading to find out how to prune and deadhead coreopsis flowers.

Deadheading Coreopsis Flowers

Pruning dead flowers from your plants is known as “Deadheading.”   Basically, deadheading means the removal of flowers that have already put on their show. But should you cut back all perennial flowers? Deadheading is not the only part of pruning your coreopsis. You should also trim the excess leaves and any overgrowth.  This video below demonstrates how to deadhead Coreopsis.


The reason pruning Coreopsis flowers- deadheading is important is because nutrients and water are still flowing through the stem of that dead flower, even though it doesn’t need any nutrients anymore. When you cut that stem off, the nutrients and water are free to move to other living parts of the plant, which will stimulate new growth.

sharpening pruning tool to deadhead coreopsis
Man sharpening tool to use for pruning or deadheading.

Tips for pruning & deadheading Coreopsis flowers

  • Make sure tools are clean before starting.
  • Never cut back more than 1/3 of the stems.
  • Snip at the base of the stem where the flower came out.
  • Trim off any woody foliage.
  • Shape your plant’s greenery well to prevent overgrowth.
  • Cut stems that are directly above new buds to see more growth and blooms.

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Wrapping Up

deadhead coreopsis flowers
Bi-color coreopsis flowers that have been deadheaded and are blooming.

Deadheading is a necessary part of being a gardener. When pruning Coreopsis flowers-deadheading, always be careful when cutting.

Your flowers will be more aesthetically pleasing and you will definitely notice that your plants will become thicker and have more blooms. After you deadhead a plant, the blooms that pop out second should last longer than the first set of blooms.

Hopefully this blog helped you understand how to prune and deadhead your coreopsis flowers. Ready for flowers, but still wanting to enjoy your weekends? Contact us today for landscaping installation questions and estimates.

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