Oriental poppy flowering, just like having a carnival parade accidentally turn off your street. Suddenly there is a great loudness, gorgeous and brilliant, just before you completely soak, everything is over!
Oriental Poppy Garden is my favorite flower because they are only “wow” attractive, with flowers 6 “in absolutely gorgeous pink, red, purple, white and orange, often with the dramatic darkness of the center. Popular background cool gray, green leaves.
Oriental opium poppy cultivation of perennials, long life and easy, but they do not behave much like other plant gardens. That’s what you need to know to grow in your garden and enjoy oriental poppies.
Fast Facts about Oriental Poppies
As long as you know a couple of things that set Oriental poppies apart, you should have no trouble growing them in your garden:
- Flash in the Pan: Oriental poppies bloom in late May and June. When they finish blooming, not only do the blooms wither, but the plants do too, turning yellow and dying back. This leaves you with some unsightly dead foliage (which you can cut off), along with a hole in your garden design. For this reason, poppies are often planted right behind later-emerging perennials, such as black eyed susans, perennial hibiscus, asters, or perennial baby’s breath. When the poppies are done, there are new plants popping up to take their place.
- Long Taproot: Oriental poppies also have a long taproot, much like a carrot. For this reason, they can be difficult to transplant, so try to plant them where they can stay a while. And if planting container-grown or bare-root plants, be careful to disturb the roots as little as possible.
How to Grow Oriental Poppies
Overall, Oriental poppies are very easy to grow once they’re established. Here are some growing tips:
- Light: Full sun.
- Soil: Poppies hate to be soggy, so well-draining soil is a must! Heavy clay soils will need to be amended to improve drainage, and highly acid soils should be amended with lime.
- Size: Poppy plants grow 2’ to 4’ tall, although dwarf varieties are available.
- Climate: Oriental poppies grow in hardiness zones 3-9, although they will suffer in high heat and humidity.
- Water: Poppies need regular watering while blooming but are moderately drought tolerant.