About Golden Wave Tickseed: This bright annual, also known as Dye Flower, was once used by Native Americans for making yellow and orange dyes. The common name “tickseed” comes from the resemblance of the seeds to that particular bug; the genus name Coreopsis, derived from the Greek “koris,” makes a similar reference to bedbugs. Hardiness and love of dry soil make the flowers in this family especially valuable to citizens of the state of Florida, who appointed Coreopsis as their official state wildflower in 1991.
Golden Wave Tickseed Germination: Direct sow in late fall, planting the seed just below the surface of the soil; these seeds need light to germinate. For spring planting, mix the seed with moist sand and store it in the refrigerator for 30 days before direct sowing. Keep the soil evenly moist until germination, which should occur within 10-15 days. The treated seeds can also be started indoors 6-8 weeks before the last frost of spring; plant the seeds on the surface of a flat, keeping the moisture consistent and the temperature around 65 degrees F. Transplant seedlings to 9-12” apart.
Growing Golden Wave Tickseed Seeds: Water the seedlings occasionally until they become established; mature plants prefer dry soil, and tolerate drought well. If allowed to self-seed, they will produce a new crop of flowers next year. This plant attracts butterflies and bees as well as resisting deer.
Harvesting Golden Wave Tickseed: For long lasting fresh flowers, cut the stems long and place them in water immediately.
Saving Golden Wave Tickseed Seeds: Several weeks after the flowers have faded, the seed heads will turn dry and dark brown. Since these seeds are a favorite food of songbirds and rodents, harvest them promptly. Cut the heads from the plant and spread them out to dry completely. Break them apart to remove the seeds, and separate the seeds from the chaff. Store the seeds in a cool, dry place.
Detailed Golden Wave Tickseed Info: Origin: US Native Other Common Names: Golden-mane Tickseed, Goldmane Coreopsis, Dye Flower, Calliopsis Duration: Annual Bloom Time: Summer Height: 12-18 inches Spacing: 9-12 inches Light: Full Sun Soil Moisture: Dry USDA Zone: 3a-8b Seeds Per Oz: 32,000 Produces finely cut green foliage and fragrant flowers with jagged-edged yellow petals and red markings near the dark centers.