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Poppy Planting

Poppy Planting

Poppy Planting

Poppy planting is a way to grow flowers through winter in areas where flowers normally do not grow. For example, in northern New York, areas with deep freeze winters.Most poppies thrive in moist but well-drained soil in full sun. Field poppies and opium tolerate drier, poorer soils than oriental poppies, while Himalayan poppies do best in moist, slightly acidic soils, in partial shade. For most species, deadhead spent blooms to prolong flowering. Most poppies come true if propagated by seed but oriental poppies should be propagated from root cuttings.The larger, perennial oriental poppies are perfect for growing in a border, ideally at the front or middle. They flower in May and June and once the flowers have gone over the foliage also dies back. The foliage will have a second lease of life in August. Plant them alongside low-growing perennials, such as hardy geraniums, that will fill the gap in July when the foliage dies back.

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Most oriental poppies are hybrids, so won’t come true from seed. It’s therefore best to propagate oriental poppies by taking root cuttings in autumn or winter. Lift a mature plant carefully and trim off a section of root with the thickness of a pencil. Remove no more than one-third of the parent’s roots. Cut the root into 4cm lengths and push them vertically into a pot of cutting compost with the thickest end at the top. Cover the pot with a thin layer of grit, and water. Leave the pots in a cold frame and wait for little plants to form before potting on.Poppies are easy to grow and the self-sow with abandon, without becoming weedy. Simply pull up unwanted plants (an easy task) before they bloom, or better yet, let them tell you where they want to grow. They will thrive for years at a time in surprising spots, like a crack in the driveway. Other times, they simply won’t take, no matter how much you try. Keep them moderately well watered in hot, dry weather, and do not fertilize.

The true poppies are Papaver, of which we carry 15+ varieties, including annuals, biennials and perennials, such as the poppy Papaver somniferum; the common poppy, Papaver rhoeas, and the large flowered herbaceous P. oriental, the Oriental poppy. But there is also the Eschscholzia californica family and we carry 12 of those varieties. Poppy blooms may be single, double or semi double boasting amazing texture and size. Their flower colors range from vibrant to subdued – from deepest crimson, bright orange and yellow to soft pink, dusty peach, rose, lilac, and cream. Soft smooth petals or textured crepe paper ruffles all combine to create a flower that will match or blend any garden’s theme. (Source: www.edenbrothers.com)

 

 

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