I just made a new butterfly/hummingbird bed (11 x 20). Thus far not much is in it. Baby plants do not take up much space. I'm wondering, if I scatter some poppy seed this winter (TX zone7), and they made it. Would they fizzle back with the heat of spring/summer and my bed be ready for the other plants to enlarge?
Years ago, my parents had a place they planted a pink pom-pom type poppy. Every year is was beautiful when they bloomed. Then, for whatever reason it stopped -- my dad probably sprayed it. That was years ago -- many years -- say 25-30. This past year, they had one of those poppies come up in their garden that was on the other side of the house, say 200 yards away or so. Must have something to do with that poppy God I read about on this site.
I would love to do something like this in the bed I mentioned earlier, but am afraid the two won't mix. Thus far I do not have any mulch on the bed. Am considering planting a cover crop to keep the soil covered and nurished.
I cant really answer for Texas gardens but here the annual poppies are sown in december and sprout in late March or early April.
The plants dont mature and bloom until June-July and seed in August.
If you sow a cover crop or mulch over or under your poppies wont germinate.
I weed the area where I sow seeds. I also scratch the clay soil ,then sow seeds and step on them to seat them into but not covered them.
Seeds need light to germinate and a period of cold weather. Thats the situation here in Z6a.
Greta G/T, I would suggest the Super poppy series from Burpee/Heronswood Nursery. This is a new breed that I planted this year that doesn't die back like the other poppies once established. I am looking forward to blooms from Jacinth and shasta. These also reblooms. You just have to cut the stalk back as soon as the bloom is done in the spring. Poppies like the soil a little on the rich side to do its BEST.
Just checked out Herronswood.
I doubt I will order from them altho the poppies you mentioned are sweet.
This nursery has 18 comments in the negative, my cut off is 8 negs. All comments had to do with size of plant for the price and customer service was horrible.
I have a policy not to deal with companies like this. I will wait to see if these Superpoppies are offered thru another vendor in 2011.
I hope you have luck, I realize not everyone had bad experiences.
I sow poppy seeds in my area anywhere between Oct-Jan. I just surface sow them. In our area it isn't the cold that gets them but the heat. Last year was a fantasic year because of all the rain and cold weather. I have the best luck with Corn Poppies and CA poppies last year the Icelandic poppies were beauiful also.
I sow annual somnifariums between December and early March.
If you want more poppies in the same area just leave the plants until they dry up and cast their seeds otherwise pull them if you dont want poppies next year.
Each plant prodices many blooms.The blooms last about 2 days ,then petals drop and seed head is formed. These are somewhat attractive.
Seed heads can be harvested and seeds saved in a paper bag ,for sowing in the late fall.
OMG that reminds me of a true story.
There was a big highway project here many years ago. It was finished in September.
I had a friend who saved poppy seeds. I mean a gallon bag of mixed somniferiums,it must have weighed 3 pounds.
We went for a drive one night and tossed seeds as far as we could all thru the cloverleaf interchange.
We waited until spring and to our dismay there was only 3 or 4 wayyyyy back near a sound barrier wall.
We found out later, the good people who volunteer from their business's had a weeding weekend.
They pulled poppies as much as they could .All in the name of "Highway Beautification"
It really IS in the eye of the beholder.
I doubt there was a gardener in the lot.
Greta-I grow mainly Corn Poppies (Papaver rhoeas) I just toss the seeds, or they reseed themselves. They grow different every year, I think it depends on how much rain we get and how cold the winter is. It seems like the colder the better. I never pull them they come up earlier then most of the Wildflowers so by the time they get done blooming they get over taken by other flowers.
Just rvisited this thread and am answering the soil question from the top.
I read a seed business directions about annual poppy seeds. If you have clay soil,they suggest amending with compost before you cast seeds for next years crop.We have amended clay soil here and poppies do fine.
I had success sowing somniferums some 40 years ago on clay soil. All of the annual poppies die in the heat of summer here. The poppy that came up at your dad's house most likely came up because of what is called the soil seed bank. Not all seeds from a plant come up the first time sown. Instead some will lie dormant for years and then come up. This is a species survival mechanism.
I knew,moss rose did that.
I didnt know annual poppies could germinate long doement seeds.
I had heard even seeds that have been turned over in soil ,will germinate as soon as conditions are just right.
I was told the seeds eventually work their way to the surface .
This is Moss Rose I mean.
If somnifariums do this I am in for a treat when the pounds of no-shows last year, decide to grace me.
Our Somnifariums die in the heat here too but left where they are they will re seed where they grow or collect seeds and sow where you want them in very late fall(Nov) thru Early March.
It's been a couple of years since I have allowed somniferums to grow in my garden though they still germinate. Here they get huge then die and in the process often get a wet slick rot in our humidity. Still I have ordered a mix from swallowtail gardenseeds. As the saying goes insanity is doing the same over and expecting different results.
Attached is a shirley poppy volunteer from last May. Though I said I was banning them from my garden I let a couple of them bloom
Oh of course you are welcome to them!! They are the annual kind!! Dmail me and I will give you my address
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