I have a Oriental Poppy which is growing in a gallon pot. It seems to be extremely happy and is growing fast and strong. I have offered this plant to several people who WANT them but tell me No it will only die!
KIM DOES NOT UNDERSTAND THIS
I don't have plants that "Just Die" therefore are yall telling me.. If I decide to keep this plant, put it in the ground, that it will die because they are not easy to transplant? I'm going to keep it, get them rest of them that my friends at the garden center are brutally killing, plant them and put them to the test. This one particular plant looks NOTHING like it did when I rescued it from the garden center. It is Huge, Healthy, and growing profusely. Going to plant it to see if it "Just Dies"
I believe Foxtail Lilies fall into the same category. They develop strong and long tap roots so they have to be planted where we want them to grow forever and we gardeners tend to change our minds a bit more often than we might tend to acknowledge or think the plant would go better somewhere else. Such is the life and experiences of almost anyone who gardens.
Their roots dont like to be disturbed.
I have had SOME (not100%) luck transplanting when the plant is dormant in August when it turns brown and looks dead.
If the new crown starts to grow in September you have succeeded.
Yes, isn't that annoying? You're bound to find the ideal spot a week after you plant it elsewhere!
There's no reason for the plant to die when you plant it correctly, provided it's alive and well right now. The reason people re-think the location is because it dies down after bloom (generally the end of May here) and you're left with a vacancy the rest of the year but that's really no different than a bare spot from daffodils or tulips.
Try marking the boundaries (golf tees are inexpensive and so are little rocks/stones) of the poppy. You could still use a pencil to make holes for coleus cuttings that will fill in the bare spot over summer and won't hurt the poppy.
Right...I'm sooo confused! I just left my favorite plant store and he said I could have anything for half off. There was a gorgeous oriental poppy ..."Pink Ruffles". Left it there because yall scared me to death! ha ha. How can you not plant the potted plant before winter? So are you saying when I take it out the nursery pot it will still put up a fight?
What's the "new crown" thing? It never went dormant. It just keeps growing and getting bigger.
Kim, when they've been grown in a nursery pot, they'll transplant since the roots don't need to be disturbed. It's moving established plants that folks have trouble with, like many tap root plants that resent being disturbed. Its typical for Oriental Poppies to break dormancy in fall and produce a rosette of foliage, which is what you're seeing on yours now. The thing I've never understood is the companies that sell the bare root tap roots; guess it makes sense that it would work while they're dormant, but I've never tried it.
I have transplanted poppies and always tell people just because it looks like it died give it a chance,they seem to come back when you least expect it. I once had one wait a whole year before it returned ?? they are indeed finicky.
Ok well I read some info on the 'Fancy Feathers' Oriental Poppy. I have this one...It says that this variety after blooming doesn't loose it's foliage. This one is HUGE in the nursery pot. and yes I do see an enormous amount of root. So I guess time will tell...ha ha! Plants seem to like me. This will be the first time I will have Oriental poppies in my garden. I grew lots from seeds and wasn't impressed with them even after they flowered.
But there is a place down the street...Every year masses of red Oriental poppies are there every year. They put on such a show I said, "I'm gonna get me some of those!"
The only other problem...when they are gone they are gone. Then the show is gone! What can I plant closely around them, to still have color for the later months? The place where the poppies are go bare after this show happens every year.
Hmmm...I wonder about some Lilies, perhaps Orientals or OTs that bloom in mid/late summer? Some low, self seeding annuals would be nice too. Seems every gardening book out there recommends perennial Baby's Breath to fill in the gaps, which works well.
Kim--Orientals grow wild here. What kills many of them in the east is that the soil is too rich. They do best in very poor soil especially alkaline. They can handle clay or sand but perfer sandy soil. Good luck.
I live in Pittsburgh and I have Oriental Poppies, which I bought from a nursery in pots, I planted them and they bloomed the next year. I also bought some bare root plants, and maybe 1 out of 6 grew into tiny plants and did not bloom the next year. Fancy Feathers is beautiful!!!! I hope you bought it.
I also dug up an old clump of orange poppies and gave them to my friend. The plant grew and bloomed for her, and the area where I dug them up grew a new plant that bloomed the next year.
I would not be afraid to try any plant as long as it is near your zone.
I have a huge clump of Black and Blue Sage that comes up every year in my yard. It is a zone 6 or 7 plant, and I do not give it any protection. Mother Nature surprises you often, so try to grow whatever interests you.
Thank you so much! That gives me lots of hope. I have been putting a lot of plants to the test. Both Poppies are still green right now! And are still growing leaves. They are HUGE. Yes, I bought the Fancy Feathers..Thanks for the Black and Blue Salvia info. I have that and think it is absolutely gorgeous. I read in PF how invasive it is. That plant CAN TAKE OVER!!! I love every bit of it. Here I was... terrified to leave it outside this winter.
My plants give me so much Joy and forever shocking...Sometimes I get discouraged when I hear people have so many problems with plants around here. Everything I have grows :-) For as long as I can remember I have NEVER had a plant just die. If one has I must have done something terribly wrong to it. I still can't remember having a plant that just down right didn't make it.
I'm going to try some new things this year which I've never done and see if I'm succesful..
My experience in gardening has taught me there are few absolute rules that must be obeyed for success. I've planted clematis in holes no deeper than 6" at the base of a tree that's grown in width by at least a foot and still the clematis thrives. Dahlias can die if we get too much rain in June (only one out of 35 died) and then there are plants we're led to believe must have some shade but our hosta Plantaginea was in full, hot, relentless sun and thrived so much we had to move it.
As long as you're willing to try new plants/new locations the choices are almost endless.
Update on this Poppy...
Left it outside all winter in the same pot.
6 weeks ago planted little pieces (2 leaves) in other places...I disturbed the roots (didn't have much root on some pieces) Placed them in the ground mulched around them and the now are big and have grown into new plants..
Don't know when they'll bloom but they sure aren't dead
I just found this thread. I can't kill any poppies. I actually rip them out like weeds, throw them in a new spot and hope they don't come back where I've removed them. They are clashing in my color scheme now. They keep coming back! Seems like if a teeny tiny piece of root is left, wall-a, you get more.
All of the ones I've thrown in new holes lived and are HUGE thriving plants as well.