10386Bidens pink (beggarticks or tickseed)full sun NSA


Bidens pink full sun NSA



Bidens, commonly known as beggarticks or tickseed, encompasses a variety of flowering plants. While there isn’t a specific variety called “Bidens pink,” you can grow different types of Bidens that produce pink flowers. Here’s a general guide on how to grow Bidens:

  1. Climate and location: Bidens thrives in full sun to partial shade. They prefer warm climates but can tolerate a wide range of conditions. Ensure the location you choose has well-draining soil.
  2. Soil preparation: Prepare the planting area by loosening the soil to improve drainage. Amend heavy or clay soils with organic matter such as compost or peat moss to improve fertility and soil structure.
  3. Planting: Plant Bidens in spring after the threat of frost has passed. Dig holes slightly larger than the root balls of the plants and space them according to their mature size. Place the plants at the same level as they were in their nursery containers and backfill with soil.
  4. Watering: Keep the soil consistently moist, especially during the establishment period. Water deeply but infrequently to encourage deep root growth. Once established, Bidens are somewhat drought-tolerant but benefit from regular watering during dry spells.
  5. Mulching: Apply a layer of organic mulch around the base of the plants to help retain moisture, suppress weeds, and regulate soil temperature. Keep the mulch a few inches away from the stems to prevent rot.
  6. Fertilizing: Bidens generally don’t require heavy fertilization. Apply a balanced, slow-release fertilizer in spring to promote healthy growth and flowering. Follow the manufacturer’s instructions for application rates.
  7. Deadheading: Remove spent flowers regularly to encourage continuous blooming throughout the growing season. This also prevents the plants from setting seeds, which can divert energy away from flower production.
  8. Pruning: Trim back leggy growth and remove any dead or diseased foliage to maintain the plant’s appearance and promote new growth.
  9. Propagation: Bidens can be propagated by division or from seeds. Divide established plants in spring or fall, making sure each division has a portion of roots and foliage. Sow seeds directly in the garden after the last frost date, or start them indoors 6-8 weeks before the last frost.
  10. Pest and disease control: Bidens are relatively resistant to pests and diseases but may occasionally be bothered by aphids, spider mites, or powdery mildew. Monitor your plants regularly and treat any issues promptly with appropriate methods.

By following these general care tips, you can grow Bidens successfully and enjoy their charming pink flowers in your garden.


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