Oriental poppies make a brilliant display

Oriental poppies make a brilliant display Oriental poppies make a brilliant display
Oriental poppies make a brilliant display : Oriental poppies will always have a wow effect in your garden

First of all, the blooms are upwards of 6” across in absolutely gorgeous shades of pink, red, purple, white,
and orange, often with dramatic dark centers.  In addition, the flowers pop out of a background of cool looking
grayish green foliage.

Facts about Oriental poppies:
These flowers are easy to grow. You should have no trouble growing them in your garden:
Furthermore,  when they finish blooming, not only do the blooms wither, but the plants do too.
The plant turns yellow and dies. You can of course cut off any unsightly foliage.

Always try to plant poppies behind later emerging perennials.
Such as black eyed susans, perennial hibiscus,asters, or perennial baby’s breath.

Finally,  when the poppies are done,  the new plants will pop up to take their place.
Oriental poppies also have a long taproot, much like a carrot.
For this reason, they are difficult to transplant. Therefore try to plant them where they can stay a while..

If you are planting in a container, try not to disturb the roots.

How to grow Oriental poppies:
Oriental poppies are very easy to grow once they are established. They need light and full sun.

Poppies do like to be soggy,  so a well-draining soil is a must!
Heavy clay soils will need to be amended to improve drainage.
Highly acid soils should be amended with lime.

Poppy plants grow 2’ to 4’ tall, although dwarf varieties are available.

Oriental poppies love full sun with dappling shade.  They will suffer in high heat and humidity.

Poppies need regular watering while blooming but are moderately drought tolerant.

How to plant Oriental poppies in containers:
Container grown plants:  Poppies grown in containers are easy to plant.   Gently put them in the
ground at the same depth they were in the pot. Take care not to disturb the roots when transplanting.

Bare root plants:
Bare-root poppies should be planted with the top of the tap root about 1” to 3” below the soil surface.
Follow all directions that come with your bare-root plant.

Planting seeds:
Poppy seeds can be scattered directly on the surface of the soil in spring or early fall.
This is where they will receive the sunlight they need to germinate.

Once the seeds sprout in a couple of weeks, thin seedlings to about 6” apart.
Seed-grown plants will likely not bloom until their second growing season.

Oriental poppy care tips:
Amend the soil with lime, if necessary, to bring close to neutral pH.
Apply a balanced organic fertilizer to soil in spring.

Oriental poppy plants must be kept evenly watered.  They are not to be but not soggy, during spring and
bloom time. Do not water the plants after plants go dormant.

Cut back foliage after the poppy flower dies, if desired, but leave the plants long enough to enjoy the
unique seed pods.

In the fall, a small mound of new foliage should begin to emerge from the ground.
Leave it in place, cut off any dead stems, and apply mulch.

Propagate by seeds or root cuttings.
Most Oriental poppies are hybrids, so collecting seeds from existing plants probably won’t produce exact
replicas of the parent plant.

Root cuttings are made by digging up the taproot in fall and cutting off 1” to 2” sections, or separating
off baby tubers that have formed. Propagate in fall, but don’t over do it.
Oriental poppies do not like to be disturbed.

 Oriental poppies make a brilliant display

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