The photo is of Venus poppies ( PAEONIFLORUM) that I direct sow in November - early March.
Peony flowered annual poppy.
This is a picture of poppies direct sown 2009 fall.
Somnifariums from a Heirloom collection bought from One Stop Poppy Shoppe.
I saved the seeds of the red poppies in that group.
I'm watching this thread. I don't have any problem with the perennial poppies, but the annuals give me fits and starts. Last year I didn't get much at all, a lot of the seed came from One Stop Poppy Shop, and it might just have been a bad year with their germination, or I might have planted them wrong. The ones I got from friends on here germinated, and did fine.
I sowed quite a few this year from various sources, and kept track of where they came from, and I'm anxious to see how they do.
OSPS might have a problem.
I am not positive but I think Neal had no germination rom his and he and I had the same varieties.
I mailed OSPS but no reply,that was months ago.
I have the place marked where I sowed their seeds so we will see if it was just a bad batch or not.
I begin to wish thete was another company that sold the same number of varieties OSPS does.
Hi Ge & Polly! I hope to have a large patch of poppies this year, last year's poppies did well and i've bought more seeds this winter. I'd like to have an entire field of them but we shall see if MN allows me to :)
Good for you. I hope our poppy dreams come true. I did the same thing. Just incase.
One Stop Poppyshoppe has one mor chance and if these November sowen poppies fail to germinate ,thats it no more of my money.
I am a natueral obcesser so I am also waiting to see if any germinated and the ones I sowed in late October that germinated in Nov. are going to survive.
Believe me I will be out there in April peering at the ground.
We can all check and report.
Here in SE MO zone 6, I direct sow my annual poppies in late February. If it doesn't rain or snow either right before or soon after, I would give them a "gentle" spray of water to give them a start to germinate.
I understand one is to sow oriental poppies the same way.
I really like poppies--- all of them. They are so showy and once you get them going--they carry on by themselves.
I am looking forward to your poppies Pixie.
Mike the Annies Annuals show was such a treat.
Absolutly loved the vintage dresses.
I only sow plants seeds that dont need to be fussed with before they germinate. I also buy local plants because our enjoyment season is so short plants need the greenhouse raised foe a good headstart.
In past times, I have sown my poppies way too thick. That was a mess. This year, I am going to scatter them with sand and mark where I planted them. I think I will try to do some larkspur that way--just as an experiment. I did not get all I wanted to plant in Oct. So, I thought I would try. I just had a little "work" done on my toe so I am hobbling around today. There's about a two inches of snow on the ground and it is melting: a perfect scenario for planting poppy seeds. The seeds will "melt" right into the ground when the snow melts. I get best results that way.
I sow too thick too and have to thin plants.
Seeds are expensive when getting a poppy patch going so now I scatter them more broadly.This is my 4he year so by next year I should have some nice patches.
I have transplanted opium poppies in trowel sized clumps with sorta satisfactory results, were always smaller but most lived and bloomed, just not as well and later. You have to thin after they establish themselves. Worth doing and a good way to give away starts.
Those are large clumps. I seem to remember the transplants didnt do as well as just thinning. Transplanted ones were smaller,those that lived.
I have not done this myself. I will make a note for this spring. The Venus's that self sowed will produce clumps, I'll thin them.
you are in the same zone as I am.If you are talking about annual poppies You probably have tons od snow on the ground. Wait until the ground is bare and sow them ASAP. they need a cold period ( weeks not days) in order to germinate.
I actually think the opportune time to plant poppies is with snow on the ground. The seeds sink right down into the soil. No watering, no seed blowing around (like today's gusts are 35 mph.) To each his own.
Rosy, you don't "have" to wait until there's "three inches" of snow. I'm just saying it's real easy that way. I think the important part here is, you need to plant them around the last of February. If there's snow on the ground, well, that just makes sowing real easy. I don't think I am going to have snow at that time. So, I will rough up the ground a little on a calm day, pat them in gently, give them a gentle sprinkle--otherwise the seed will wash as it's so tiny.
Again, that's just the way I do it.
Roby: I have the very same poppy! Isn't it beautiful? I just love the color combo, and it goes with all the spring colors. I received this seed from my mom as an orchid 'pompon' poppy. As it has re-seeded and re-seeded, it evolved from orchid pompon, to a rosy pompon and some light pink pompon, to the salmon with lavender eyes. Soooo gorgeous.
The Goldfinch absolutely love the seed. My poppies were practically covered in Goldfinch when the seed was ripe. I could hardly save any, because they would eat it as soon as it was ripe. Just a side note.
Ohhhh yes. We will still have freezing and snow for another few weeks. April is really when the other annual poppies I sowed in Dec. will germinate and hopefully these early germinated ones will have 2 sets of leaves.
Here is a pic of the poppies that i have, i got seeds from moms brother in w virginia. The first couple of years were iffy. They reseeded but not many plants. First chance i got, i scattered seeds in a bed with rich dirt that is protected from north winds. They sprouted and grew! Last year, i had a bed full of seedlings!
Now i know what the babies look like and they are already coming up.
This poppy is not like the old fashioned one mom had. Hers was they red type with papery petals, black in the middle. Someone 'noticed' that she had that one and it mysteriously disappeared.
Anyway, i am delighted with what i do have, poppies are gorgeous, i love having them in my garden:) They are probably 5 feet tall at maturity, am hoping that now i do have a start and they will reseed and flourish on their own, and still give me enough seeds to start more groups around the yard.
I tried direct sowing for the first time last fall and now have a few seedlings emerging. At least I think so. Could you please say a few words about what the baby plants look like, so I can be sure I know them from weeds? Thanks!
Pandora, you should have plenty of poppies from now on. It's getting them going for the first time that sems to be the challenge. They will probably eventually "evolve" to slightly different colors and probably go to single petal verses the peony style poppy.
When in doubt if there is time, I always put my seeds in the freezer for a week, then in the soil. Another thing I have done is put them in a pot with dirt, water and then put in the coldest part of the fridge.
I order mine late fall and sow them a month or 2 later. I have only been sowing here for 3 years and dont have a lot of seed stored after the season ends.
It sounds like something to do when I have seeds in Juy.
That's what I do when I harvest the seeds. Can't remember who taught me that trick, I think it was the hortaculturist at the high school. That's also what I do with my hibiscus seeds, it kills the little bugs that live inside.
I was given some poppy seeds about 6 years ago and just never had a place to put them, they've been in the freezer. I have a new garden bed to put them in and I winter sowed them a month or so ago and they have sprouted so I will have some Pizzicato this year.
I'm embarrased to say YES its green.
We didnt get the amounts of snow you did after all.
Anything over 8 inches doesnt matter, snow is white,right?
What ever front is going thru that was supposed to dump 5-8 inches of snow on Monday, has gone further north so we will have rain.
Fine with me.
The day of rain and temps in the 50's helped.
Yes there were flood warnings. I dont worry about that. We are on a clay hill with big retaining ponds and a creek quite far off.
There is a lot of runoff going thru our yard. Thats "going thru " not building up.
The snow is mostly gone and poppies that early germinated are still there. Thanks all you poppie people who didnt let me fall into a funk when I saw sprouts last November.
Its still pretty wet but I can see sprouts .
I started laurens grape on the basement floor as well as other perennial poppies. I have had great luck with them. The advantage of starting under lights is that you don't waste seed. I have given away a flat of o poppies and one of Laurens grape. I have planted out P naudical Laurens grape and P. carcneum. I have flats of alpine poppies, and O poppies Prince of Orange, Coral Reef and Princess Victoria Louise . I think thats right on the name of the last one.
Thanks Robyn. The Naudicals (iceland poppies) wilted down quite a bit when I transplanted them, but are standing up like little soldiers out in the garden...now if I can jus keep the rabbits away...They think my gardenis a smorgasbord.
I'm loving it, all kinds of poppies are popping up. Most excited about Lingholm. Although according to almanac end of next week major snow coming and then bitter cold after that. I am beginning to really hate winter.
I am hanging in there for more consistant warmth. Mostly to see what returnes but mainly to see where poppies are going to be. The sprouts are so small now and my eyesight is so bad, I need a 4 inch plant to be able to say for sure "Its a poppy"
This is a somnifarium that sprouted last Nov. at least thats when I first saw it.
Its held its own all winter.I believe the heat from the granit made survival possible.
It liiks like it will be happening this year.
No other late November seeds are showing.
I didnt see germinated seeds until late April last year so I'm not depressed,yet.
I SEE POPPIES !!!!!
where I thought they were gonners.
Some of the early germinated ones are gonners.
The RyBean's are sprouting.I need a mag glass to see them but they are doing it.
I sowed them in late November. They missed the week of warm weather that germinated the others.
I was out today and saw bazillions of weenie poppies. I think its premature to look for germination before the out door temps are in the 60-70.We have had 48 hours of temps in the 70's with 60's at night. Poppies popping everywhere.
Especially where I thought I had lost them.
I dont remember where I posted the pix of the germed poppy from last fall.
I obcessed about all the realy germinated ones.
I saw this one in Nov. barely 1/2 inch tall.
I figured it had heat from the granit slab it was next to.
I watched it all winter, sometimes thought it was dead.
It was still there in April and now its really churning along. It has to be the Nice Red that grew in the area.
I planted some red Corn Poppies (Papaver rhoeas) last year and a few of them reseeded and grew like crazy this year. All were single flowers last year, so imagine my surprise when this one bloomed! Is this normal? If I collect the seeds and replant, and I'm likely to get this same flower, or will it most likely be singles? It's on it's second bloom now, and the second one looks just like this one! It's so pretty! I'm positive that I had no flowers that looked like this last year!
I have had annual poppies re-seeding for probably 20 years. It is so fun to see what shows up. Originally, they were all peony orchid blooms. Then, they started blooming with single coral petals with a lavender eye. This year, I have single pink, peony orchid, peony hot pink, peony red and the coral with the lavender eye. I have never bought seed for 20 years, they have just evolved.
I just asked my neighbor if he knew anything about my red poppy that I posted the picture of above. He said it's an Heirloom Poppy, but I don't know what that's supposed to mean! This is only my second year with annual poppies, and all of them are ones that came back from seed that was dropped from the ones I planted last year. The neighbor said I should cut down all of the other "regular" poppies so that there is less chance of these "heirloom" ones being cross-pollinated, and these should come back next year looking like the one above. I'd hate to cut down all the other regular poppies, but I'm totally willing to do it if it would give me a better chance of getting the ones that look like this very pretty one! Does anyone know if this is true?
Here's a picture of the ones that I'll have to cut down!
ge, They are Shirlies. The label said Red Corn Poppy, which is the same thing. I also bought a Shirley Corn Poppy Mix which didn't reseed nearly as well as the red ones did. I've only got 2 pink ones that came up this year from reseeding.
I'm seriously thinking about cutting all of the singles down in order to get some seeds from the super pretty one. It's strange that I didn't have even one of these in the garden last year, and all of them this year were from seeds that dropped last year, so I thought it was just a fluke. It may be just a fluke, but I'd sure love to get a whole garden full of these super pretty ones! I love the single poppies, but these are way better!
ge, The singles are Shirlies for sure. The double, or whatever it is, came from one of the singles reseeding last year. I had none that looked like this last year, and I planted no new seed, so it has to be from one of the singles reseeding. My neighbor said it's an heirloom. The color is exactly like the singles, and in all the years I've lived here, I've never had a poppy appear on it's own, so it has to be from the Shirley seeds that I planted last year. The flower looks almost like a papery carnation!
Have you tried the red ones? They grew so much better for me than the other colors. My Dad grows them in his zone 3 garden and he also has better luck with the red ones.
According to my neighbor they will be doubles if they aren't cross pollinated with the singles. His family owns one of the oldest nurseries in the area, so he probably knows what he's talking about, but I'd still like another opinion before I take out all the single poppies. They are all pretty, but I'd like to get a better chance of getting the doubles if I can. My Dad has been growing these for many years and has never seen a double. I bought the seeds from the same feed store in Oregon that he buys all of his seeds, and it's always the same supplier.
I originally posted this on the Seed Collecting forum, but haven't had a reply, or I thought I'd try it here too. If anyone can help, I'd sure appreciate it!
There is a very small art gallery not too far from me that has the most amazing pink poppies out front. For the last four years, I've tried to find someone there to ask if I could have a seed pod or two, without any luck. I've never seen the gallery open, so I've never been able to ask anyone! I've called and left messages, and taped a note or two to the door, but no one has returned my call. Whenever I think the seeds should be ready to harvest, I drive past and all of them have been cut down to the ground, and I can't find a trace of a seed head anywhere!
I'm wanting to know if I can cut the seed pods off before they are ready, and let them age at home. I've never tried this, so I have no idea if this will work or not. I have no idea what kind of poppies they are. I think they are probably annuals that reseed, but I'm not sure. I'm more than willing to cut off a few seed heads if they will survive, since the plant is cut to the ground every year.
It is possible to cut pods.
It IS necessary to wait until the plants begin to wilt and the bottom leaves are browning,not necessarily all the way brown.
Cut the pods off but leave at least 1/2 to 2/3 rest of the stem and place the whole plant upside down in a paper bag. Let the plant continue to die off and seeds ripen.
Dont tie the bag too tight there needs to be air circulation .
The bag with plants should be allowed to mature in a warm dry spot,Garage, back porch or someplace other than a damp basement,
Good luck I hope you get to the poppies brfore they are gone again.
This is the method I use for annual somnifariums. I cant guarantee it will work on other annual varieties. If the plants are bluegreen serated leaves they are somnifariums. If the plants are light green or bright green they may be Shirlies.
I would give it a try in any event, just forthe heck of it.
I forgot to say,when the leaves are completely dead( about a month) there will be a deposit of seeds in the bottom of the bag.
thanks from me also. I just pull mine up roots adn all, bundle them together two or three to a bunch (labeled) then hand them upside down in the garage from an overhead rack. Hadn't thought about trapping the seed heads in bags. And I suppose hanging the entire stalk just delays the drying process. I thought it might help them mature better. So perhaps not?
My reason for nhuntly's cutting was so there wouldnt be any evidence of pulling.In a big patch its possible to select one here and one there so the patch doesnt look invaded.
Just incast the gallery has qualms about sharing their poppies.
I doubt they care.
I have my eye on this bunch'a seed pods. I will yank this any day now.Its "Nice Red" I collected seeds from it 3 years ago,it was a great color in a Somnifarium mix.
I hope the browning leaves at the bottom show in this pix.
so that yuck at the bottom of the plant happens to everyone. I thought I was overwatering or something. Looks yukky. But the plants are 3' tall and have tons of blooms with really thick stems. I will try the 'cut the stem' versus yanking roots and all. It makes a terrible mess in my garage.
I can't imagine that the gallery would mind if I took a seed pod or two, but I doubt they would appreciate me yanking out an entire plant! Then again, they have so many, I doubt they would even notice, but I'm not about to do something like that! They cut them down to the ground every year as soon as they are looking a bit ragged, and if I could find someone there, I'd prefer to ask permission, but I'm just going to take a couple of pods. No harm done that way, and I don't feel like I'm stealing anything. I can tell that they are dragging them to the dumpster because of the trail of stuff left behind, and the plants are never done blooming when they do this.
I've never yanked my plants out to save seeds. I just let the seed pods dry on the plant and cut them when they are ready. I put the pods with some stem in a bag and let the seeds fall out over time, or I'll shake the pods to remove the seeds if I have nothing better to do. I can't imagine the mess from hanging the whole plant in the garage! I was just worried about cutting the pods off before they were dry, since I know I'll miss my chance to get a couple at the galary if I wait that long.
ge, I'll do that. I need to go see how they are doing, but I'm hoping to cut a very long stem, and hopefully it will have some leaves on it too. When cutting the pods in my own yard, I just wait until they are dry and cut the stem back to where it branches off the main stem. That way I have something to hang on to if I decide to shake them.
Seems like I'm outside cutting off pods half the day because I also have them growing where I don't want them! They are so pretty that I hate removing them when they are seedlings, but I know how out of control they can get. Last year I had a bed just for poppies and wildflowers, but I had so many seeds in there that it was insane. This year, I tried pulling up most of what came back from seed, and it's much better, but it's still out of control. The poppies this year are HUGE compared to last year, so at least I know what to do with them now!
I did not know you could cut the stems off while the pods are still green. I did not think they would ripen. I have been waiting until the pods are dry and brittle. By then, the goldfinch have eaten the seed and what they did not eat, has fallen on the ground. Then, in spring, I have so many poppies, I can't seem to get them thinned out enough. My poppies are dead, now. I am pulling up the plants now as they look awful. So, it's too late for me to control the poppies this year, but next year, I will be able to do a much better job.
Thanks, ge for the info.
I am surprised to see pictures of poppies and lilies together. My lilies are blooming now. My poppies bloom in the spring.
My poppies and lilies will bloom about the same time. or rather, the poppies, not alpine, but the other big guys, are just now starting, so they will be going strong clear up til the lilies start, and some time after.
My first lily just opened today, and the poppies are still blooming like crazy, but the bottom leaves are starting to die on some. I love it that they are blooming at the same time because I think they go really well together!
Putting a little scissor in your bag and a few envelops makes saving seeds easier. They came in handy when I gathered some poppy seeds from the post office and some dianthus in front of the pizza parlor. I have a system. Winston the pug creates a diversion by peeing on a tree while I gather the seeds...
Rabbits are nibbling my California poppies. I hope they manage to drop a few seeds for next year before they disappear. My lettuce remains untouched.
No, man, I wish they were the Oriental Poppies! I can't get them to grow to save myself. I have planted them from seed for about four years now, and I don't have a single Oriental Poppy. I did buy some O. P. 'Victoria Louise' from a garden cntr, this spring. They were growing nicely. Then, I had a fire hydrant put in that garden. They put it in the wrong place where I would have had to walk across the garden to turn the faucet on and drag the hose across all of my plants. I will show you a picture because I like to "wail" about this every chance I get! :)
I really didn't know there were more than two kinds of poppies until I started reading on this website. I love the poppies--all of them. I purchased some Iceland Poppies this spring -they also went "south" with the hydrant. I am not sure if they would have come back anyway, but I would have liked to have seen if they would. I moved some of the flowers thinking they would not need the WHOLE garden to put in the hydrant.
The poppies I have used to be Peony Poppies. I have had them for 20 years or so. Now, most of them are the Poppy sominiferum with coral petals and lavender eyes (beautiful). This year, I had orchid peony poppies, red peony poppies, pink peony poppies, pink sominferum and the coral/lavender poppies. They are so interesting and fun to see what color I will have next year.
Hi everyone, I was wondering if any one has had luck growing Peshawar Poppies? I want to get something white, that's no taller than 2' and blooms about late June to early July and they seem a perfect fit. So if anyone knows a good source for seeds please share. I placed a decent order of Poppy seeds from one stop poppies last year and I don't think I had even one germinate. One of the varieties was the Peshawar, so I won't order from there again. I sowed similar varieties of Poppies I got from other sources at the same time in the same spots and the ones from other sources germinated so I am pretty sure they didn't send good seeds. I found a site Poppy Seed Dreams, I'm thinking of ordering from the but they don't have Peshawar. :(
I thank you for the link as I have enjoyed poppies in others yards, never had much luck with them up north, so now I'm going to give them another shot. (Just hope I can keep this link away from DH eyes...lol)
Has anyone grown these?
I bought the seeds for the first time. As stated by tyhe seed cat. the flowers arent much but thye pods are interesting.
Either this plant is not Hens n Chicks or they are just not old enough to put on the ruffly skirts.
They definitely don't look like the first picture! Where did you get them from? I'll make sure to never get Hens & Chicks from there! I feel like finding good sources for poppy seeds is tough so it's good if we help each other avoid bad sources! Were the poppies at least pretty?
No they were really average red and single petaled. The company said they wouldnt be fantastic flowers,so I didnt pay much attention,waiting for the pods to be fun.
Pixie sent me a few seeds and I ordered more from Swallowtail seeds. I have gone into my reasons for not buying from One Stop Poppy Shop. Look in Garden Watchdog and other poppy posts for the reason.Too long to go into here.
Joann I've been hunting for Poppy seeds and all the palces that are advertising Hens and Chicks show flowers that look like Pixie's above. Pink with a purple blotch so I'm pretty sure if they were red they probably weren't Hens and Chicks :( So disapointing, so where did you get the ones that were red and supposed to be hens and chicks again?
I hate to be a wet blanket but check Swallowtail seeds for the flower. Its red.
I believe Pixies purple and dark throat are Heirloom poppies mix.
The trouble with poppies the colors change with bees working I think,not positive.
MY BAD I just googled and found both reds and pinks and purples.
Zinnias keep the rabbits away???? They have been eating the California poppies to the ground and are moving on to my roses, clematis and dahlias. They are completely ignoring my lettuce. I have some extra seeds. It may be late, but I am planting more around !!!
I have been cleaning out the fridge - using up any hot pepper sauce on diy rabbit-be-gone. Winston the pug is a pacifist. He sits and watches the bunnies jumping around. He only chases pomeranians. (He is a doggy racist, and hates little yappy dogs) He is a little, mostly quiet dog himself.
Just my thoughts on the freezer idea. I am recieving some annual poppies this week. I will freeze them until May when we normally plant annuals of any kind in Z6.I havnt used the freezer method before but it makes sense.
Hey ge, I'm so glad you got this thread going. I ordered seeds from OSPS, and they've been in the freezer since early December. I plan on putting them out in the next few weeks, sown on top of the soil, so I'll be watching for your 2012 thread to get some good hints about poppy care. Any hints about how to stop the birds from eating the poppy seeds?
Sorry I dont have any bird advise. I must be really dense because I blammed bad gardener and then OSPS for no germination.
I have some screen from our door .It comes in a roll from HD.We use it to keep pine needles out of the water reserv so the pump doesnt clogg.
I usually sow my seeds on a area thats 2 feet square,sometimes smaller. I dont broadcast or scatter them and I sow them fairly dense,Like pepper on eggs. This way ,when they germinate I can id them and I dont walk on them or pull them out as weeds.
I plan to lay screen down amd anchor with stones. Keep an eye out for germination and take the screen off when you can see th plants.
I wouldnt think the birds would eat germinated seed.
I was thinking about the same thing, with keeping the seeds where you want them, not blown away or in a critter's path. Whether it be a bird eating them or a kitty that decides to go potty where you put your precious seeds! Someone once gave me the idea to use a milk jug or soda bottle with the bottom cut off and a stake through the hole to keep them from blowing away. It would make a mini greenhouse, similar to a winter sowing container too. It is a great idea but I've never actually tried it. Maybe this year I will!
I have used the open bottom milk jug for sowing larkspur seed. It helped me identify the Larkspur seed from weeds. It worked pretty well. I have trouble identifying larkspur seedlings from Love in a Mist seedlings. Larkspur is up and going strong--about three inches.
My poppies are up and going strong - about 3 inchs. Some of the areas are covered with poppy plants. They are the annuals.
I was weeding some of the flower beds in the past month on sunny, no wind days, and I found some exciting little seedlings and re-growth of plants from roots. I "may" have some Orental poppies this year. I planted Oriental Poppy seeds, in situ last year, and I think I may have some Oriental poppies. I have been trying for years for O. poppies. The foliage looks rougher, thicker and tougher than the annual poppies. Maybe someone can tell me if the foliage on O. Poppies looks different than the foliage on annual poppies.
I think the combination of Larkspur and Poppies is very pretty. However, larkspur did not come up where my poppies are. I have larkspur blooming amongst roses and it is quite striking.
I am going to try to transplant some Larkspur to where the Poppies are. They too, resent being moved. They have the long carrot like root like poppies. It's sunny today. I believe I will do it today.
I found this picture of my poppy 'hill'. It has quite a blend of the grape, lavender, black etc. Oh well, as long as I am showing them. Here is one of the lavender that I call doubles or peony form sort of. And a closeup of the so called black.
I haven't had any luck with Oriental Poppies. I had some seedlings that grew back for a couple years but never made it to flower and disappeared. I've also tried mature plants and they didn't come back. However they were very pot bound when I bought them, so that could have done them in.
Oberon, love your poppies. I've got Voilet Feathers and Black Cloud seeds that are dark like those, and I'm looking foward to seeing them bloom. I finally got my lazy butt in the yard today and started planting some of my poppy seeds. I put out Pink Skyline-a peony form, Meconopsis Lingholm, wish me luck with that one, some of White Cloud, and some of the mixed peony doubles. Most were sprinkled on the ground, and I put a few in pots. I gave them a light mist, since the dirt was already wet from the rain we'd had over the last few days. I'm soooo excited to see what gonna happen. Annette
Be sure to plant the meconopsis in the shade where you would plant hosta or ferns. Your heat down there out in the open would be pretty warm for them. I planted some last year in colors I don't have and managed to get one to germinate and was fairly healthy in the fall when it disappeared under the snow. I have my fingers crossed that it survivies. Should be either white or yellow.
Thanks so much for the advice :~). That was exactly where they got planted, in the bed that only gets brief morning sun, that already has hostas, cora bells, bleeding heart, and some azaleas planted. It's the coolest side of the house, right outside my kitchen window. This past fall I planted a flat of champagne mix poppies there, and they're doing extremely well.
Great. Sounds like the right mix. I read somewhere that it takes sometimes over 300 days for the meconopsis to germinate. I don't think mine took that long. I put them in milk jugs that got rolled by the wind. What a mess. but I kept the jugs and eventually two little plants germinated. Little tiny guys. And one survived. I put them in a moist place between a spruce, fence, and my shed that gets virtually no sun til way late in the afternoon. Seemed to work. It is only about a space 4' deep and 2' wide. At the back by the fence are my blue poppies, then a fern, then a bergenia and a little fringed bleeding heart. It was the first summer for them so this year they should all be well filled in. Good use of a pretty useless space.
Sounds like you did a great job with the space. I did winter sow Lingholm last year on January 8th, it did germinate, only 2 of the seeds from what I remember, and we had a bad storm, and some of my jugs got knocked over, and I lost it. I left the bottle that those were sown in outside in the garden, in shade. I should check it so see if anything is growing this year, LOL.
Mine leaves are pretty "hairy" so I think they are Orientals. I noticed on this picture the more mature leaves are more dissected and the younger leaves aren't.
Some of my poppy leaves are even more dissected than the above picture. I am guessing those are O.P. as well. I also have a few Icland Poppies. I could not find a good picture of the Iceland Poppy leaves.
I got poppy seeds in the mail and they went into the freezer. I will sow in milk bottleswith no bottoms until germination,in May.I am assumeing birds got seeds in years past.
I'll try anything to have a nice stand of poppies.
Hello Poppies lovers. I am a fan of poppies but had very little experience with the culture of these lovely flowers. I did have a couple of perennial Oriental poppies that survived in the garden for several years in the past. The annual varieties? Not so much. Recently I purchased some 'Mission Bells', 'Orange' the 2 cultivars of eschscholzia californica. I also have 'Lauren's Grape' and 'Hungarian Blue' Papaver somniferum. All of which are labeled "Annual Fullsun".
Of everyone's shared experience all of which are very helpful. However, Annette's zone is very much like mine. So my question goes to Annette, will these take full sun in our garden or can they tolerate some filtered shade? Also this late in the season, is it too late for me to sow them directly outdoor? The seeds packages are from Colorado, so I presumed that these have been pre-chilled. But, if it's too late to sow them now, should I go ahead and put them in the freezer now and wait until Fall sowing?
I appreciate everyone input and tips.
I can speak for Laurens Grape. If you still have a month of cold weatrher,not necessarily freezing but no days in the 60's or 70' for a prolonged period,I would give sowing a try.
I sowed in March here and had success.
The period of cold should be at least a few weeks.
Hey Kim, I direct sowed some of my seeds in part sun, on 1/2/13, and they germinated within 17 days, on 1/19/13. These were seeds that I ordered from One Stop Poppy Shoppe in 2011, that have been stored in my freezer to keep them fresh. The seeds that were sowed in late December germinated in less than 3 weeks.
The poppies that I grew last year were also grown in the same area. As you know, it gets blazingly hot here very quickly in the spring, and I wanted the plants to do well, and have the blooms last longer by giving some protection from the full sun.
I would sow some of the seeds now, we still have some cool days ahead, with nights in the 30-40's. Annette
I tried a few California Orange poppies last year, they looked pretty good for a while then started turning yellow and died. I think I over watered them. This year I tried some more, I have about 8 plants planted in the garden, they were starting to turn yellow when I read an article that said to plant them, then water them, then don't water them anymore. So I have not watered them since and they are looking much better. Mine are planted in full sun, California Poppy, that just sounds like full sun to me, is that right? I started these from seed and then transplanted them into the garden, now I a second batch of little seedlings and from what I am reading I need to get them transplanted into the gardenl pretty quickly. I was wating for the weather to warm up, guess I should have been taking avantage of the cold weather.
Thanks Joann, and Annette for your reply. I'm going to try some of the annual poppies this week. It has been cold and rather windy to spend any time outdoor, but I'll brave the cold and wind. Seedfork, good lucks with yours and keep us all posted how yours will turn out? I'll have some left over seeds those I'll store in the freezer, freezer is recommended as everyone has said? Not the frig. but freezer for poppy seeds storage is correct right?
Two important factors that influence the germination of poppies seeds. 1. Sunlight. 2. Prechilled condition. I'm having a second thought about sowing them now JoAnn. I may just toss them in the freezer and wait until Fall. For although, it's still cold outside, one can tell that spring is right at our heels here in the South. Yah, another missed opportunity. I saw local nursery caries some healthy looking Oriental Poppies (perennial), I may opt for a few of those instead.
Mike, to get them established in the garden, then it's worried free. My problem is if I missed Autumn sowing I missed the prechilled condition that the seeds require.
Hah, it's known that poppies don't take transplanting well. But I broke down and risked the chances. There is this kind gardener in my area, he has some established annual poppies that he shared with me in the past. I paid him a visit yesterday, and pleaded with him that I would so love some. He advised me that they don't transplant well. I promised him that if I succeed, I'll take pictures and bring back to show him my success. He gave me these annual poppies which I planted today. The day is a good day to transplant for it's cloudy, and temp. in 60'ish out there. Go figure, last weekend we were expecting snow flurries, this weekend is totally SPRING!
I have transplanted lots of poppies - even perennials where I wanted to place them in particular places after preening for weeds. Has always worked great. Maybe our cooler weather is the reason it works