I have tried many years to get some Oriental Poppies from seed to grow in my garden. Last year, I broke down and bought some O. Poppies. Then, we had a hydrant put in and the entire garden was destroyed. So, all last summer, I let the garden "go" as I wanted to see what survived from the roots. This late winter, I pulled weeds in the garden and noticed some "rough, frilly" looking leaves and thought it might be Oriental Poppies; as I have never had O. P and did not know for sure what the leaves look like. I gently weeded around them and watched with curiosity and anticipation. Two days ago, I pulled them up as they turned out to be thistles!! And, they already had some pretty long roots. :( Ha! Oh well.
I do "think" I have a few Oriental Poppies that came up from seed I had planted two years ago. I don't know what color they will be.
My husband is the one that got me really interested in Oriental Poppies. He saw them in a local yard and was quite impressed. He came home and talked to me about them, so I have tried to grow them since then. That was about 20 years ago.
I try every year to Winter Sow them with Great Success. But, by fall, which is when I plant my biennials/perennials into my garden, they usually died off. I Did get a few to make it this year and did plant them in the garden in the fall. But, most died before transplant time.
This past Spring, my husband became more interested in my Oriental Poppy endeavor. He built a raised bed, with great soil and good drainage. He planted about four different types of O.P.--what ever seed I had and put a marker by each different plant. Oriental Poppies grew like absolute weeds! Unfortunately the information on the markers faded, and we didn't know which poppy was which. So, we are waiting until they bloom this spring to transplant. Surely, we can get some to transplant. Nonetheless, I finally have some Oriental Poppy plants!
My O. Poppies that germinated in the window box basically stayed green all season--they became ratty-but stayed rather green. None bloomed this year. I am thinking they don't bloom the first year.
Does one have to dead head them to get them to bloom in the fall? Since I have never been able to grow the O.P., I don't know much about their habit. I did not know they re-bloom.
Edited to say they germinated in the "raised bed" not a "window box".
Birder, I know for sure that they dont rebloom here in Z:5. I have some of the super poppies for about three years now that is reported to rebloom. I am guessing that it may happen in a warmer climate.
Birder,thats a lot of poppies.What a nice bed.
Orientals do go dormant .By mid summer they look dead.Thats the time to move them.After they establish to new beds you will see growth.Thats the "winter crown" it stays green all winter.
In spring another growth phase will bring on the bloom stalks.
Give each plant plenty of room when transplanting.
Dont be surprised if the original bed sprouts some newbies.
#1, I think those are a campanula thats spreading like wildfire"rapunculoides".I will never plant this again.
Here is a different view of that area taken last year
#2 is that row of lilies Longeflorums I believe. pix was taken in '10
Colour me stupid but I didn't think that poppies could be transplanted easily. They don't like to be disturbed. I did have success when I wintersowed some. I thought that they might be tougher from the wintersowing??
Is there anyone here that can enlighten me? It would be very much appreciated.
I have transplanted orientals in the spring. Yes, it isn't the best time but I didn't know that. Talk about dumb. Anyone, many of them 'took.' I suspect our cool temps and moist air may have helped. I am right now trying to irradicate one of them with more or less success. Those roots go deep and sturdy. I wanted to plant (and DID plant SplishSplash, a geranium bush there as I got tired of how ratty orientals look when they are done blooming. Might make an interesting combo if I let the orientals grow around the geranium. I have also sown annuals in flats and moved to 6-paks, and thence to the garden with good success.
Mike, my lilies pull away from the house further than that! The stems last year were about an inch and a half around at the bottom. They are big--about 4 to 5 feet tall--but they lean out so don't look as tall.
ge: thanks for the pics, you too Mike. Otis is a cutey!
I "have" successfully transplanted annual poppies in early spring: big, deep clumps of soil along with the poppies. I have the hole ready to put the poppies in before I dig them up. I get so many annuals, I don't worry if they don't make it. They have to be thinned A Lot anyway.
Procrastinator, Otis is a cutie, or should I say handsome one. LOL! I have also moved orientals in the spring. I bought many from Gracefulgardens that I also planted in the spring. Some of which did bloom the first year. I must add that Amanda at GG is such a sweet lady to do business with. Also a great source for delphiniums and many other annuals and perennials at unbelievable prices. All my poppy annuals that germinated back in November was not visible when I snap a pic yesterday. Looking forward to spring! Mike
I would think the secret to moving them in the spring is getting a good clump with as much original soil as possible.
Since I live in Ontario, Canada, I am not familiar with GG. I do love my delphiniums though. I am dedicating more of my gardens to Delphs this spring. I have several seeds that need to be WSed. I think they are one of my very favourite flowers. I love the fact that you can get two blooms off them if you cut the spent flowers down after the first flowering.
Thanks for all the lovely compliments about Otis. He is my miracle dog. I am not sure if any of you are familiar with eweed but two of his beautiful goldens are his Mama and Papa. Between e-weeds generosity and Mrs. Colla's sponsorship, he managed to get flown to Toronto and we picked him up 5 years ago this month. Beautiful story and I will always be grateful.
Interesting link, thank you, I fit the thread title..lol Maybe i will be luckier this season, I had Giant Red and Royal Wedding growing , right now they are under a foot of snow... we will see later...Lost some Miss Piggy under flood waters a few years ago , My Banana Palm also.. oh well...
We had a really warm weekend here, in the 70's both days, so I was happy to get some time to work in the garden doing some clean up.
I'm thrilled to say that the poppy seeds that I direct sowed in December have sprouted. These were seeds that I got from OSPS in 2011, and kept them in the freezer to keep them fresh. We're getting cool rainy weather over the next few days, so I hope they'll be fine. I'll post pics later.
Hi Jo Ann, these were direct sown on December 22, based on what you recommended. I scraped the areas clean of pine straw mulch, and any bark or leaves that were in the area, and then just sprinkled the seeds on the dirt.
The seeds placed in the different areas are:
Pepper Box mix
On January 2, I also direct sowed some Black Cloud seeds in front of my yellow cabbage rose, but those have not germinated yet. It's rainy here today, and cold over the next 10 days, so hopefully these will germinate as well. Annette
Mike that is one good looking poppy, is there a source for those seeds in the US?
I'm happy to report that the Black Cloud seeds that I direct sowed on January 2nd have germinated. This is exciting stuff. We had 3 straight days of rain this past week, and then a wintry mix on Thursday. We're warming up this weekend again, then back to chilly weather next week. Annette
Pirl had a poppy that was just huge.She sent me seeds but mine didnt get as tall as hers.She is a zone south.
Juhur7: Dont consider your poppies a failure until Juns and they are no where to be found. I lost seeds from birds and washouts.There is still time to reseed but protect with some sort od mesh with stones to hold it down ,or milk bottles with bottoms cut out and staked into the ground so they dont blow away.
You would think they would grow here. too much clay, too many things that eat them..I will eventually build up a special place and grow them .
I am impatient often, when it comes to the work and effort it entails . me being me ..
My white seedling is still alive though ,thread stray from another(you know though)lol
I'm trying to germinate some Alpine poppy seeds.
From pictures they seem so beautiful. I can't seem
to get them to germinate. Should I perhaps put them in
the freezer for a few weeks like one would do with alpine strawberry seeds?
Any particular trick to germinating poppy seeds in general? This is my first go at it..
They generally need a good freeze to germinate. I sow mine in the fall so they get a good one over winter. Or now I have some in flats on the back porch where we are still below freezing. Some need ups and downs (cold, warm, cold, warm) like a typical spring to germinate.