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I think the sun tolerance probably depends on where you live. I wintersowed them in '06 and they did great, a few blooms in the first year. Last year they started blooming well in spring, then fried to death in our awful heat of summer., even with a lot of supplemental water. Only one survived to come back this year. It is in morning sun only.
This photo is of my oriental poppy in full sun on 9-2-07.
I would appreciate some advice on oriental poppies. Last year I planted both roots that I purchased from Michigan Bulb and small plants that I bought in a local nursery. They all produced some leaves this spring but no flowers. They are already drying up for the summer. I have them in two different flower beds that receive full sun and are well drained. Is this typical for newly planted poppies?
FYI - my other perennials are thriving in the gardens (except my pink agastache and my red gaillardia, which I have heard are not reliably hardy in the north east, zone 6.)
Crockny..I planted 6 milk jugs(1/2 gal size) of Oriental Poppies night before last. They were called Brilliant Red, and my first try at growing poppies and somebody else sent me some seeds that I want to plant. You mentioned that yours grow in part shade. I was thinking of trying them where they would get the morning sun, I wonder if that would be too hot? Is there any special care that I should take when I moved them to the flowerbeds? Do you order your poppie seeds from a mail order source or just buy the seed pkts. locally? It would be nice if these are successful to get other colors to try.
I just planted the " Brilliant red" oriental poppy and first attempt at growing poppies; I understand that there are annual poppies too. Which varieties fall in the annual category? Beside reseeding or returning the next year, is there any difference in planting instructions and characteristics?
Yes PGT, my photos were taken at Alnwick garden which is absolutely breathtaking in summer when the poppies (and roses) are at their peak. The ornamental garden there features stunning pleached 'Sentinel' crab apples which surround some of the poppy beds.
I have grown oriental poppies for years. They don't seem to be petering out here.
Mine are in afternoon shade - maybe that protects them from getting cooked.
While doing a yard survey yesterday, I noticed they're already coming up this season.
Looking forward to another nice display.
They provide such a bright color in the garden; especially brightens up their fairly shady location.
I winter sowed some o. poppies this year. I have sprouts from 'Beauty of Livermore' and the seed packet said "Orange". I am not sure what "Orange" means. If anyone can tell me more about this "Orange" I would welcome information.
I have not been able to grow O.P. and this is the first year I have tried to W.S. O. P. and actually have something growing. Very excited. Now. I am wondering if I should:
1. Keep these poppies in pots and "baby" them through the summer and plant them in the fall??
2. Plant them out as soon as I have two sets of real leaves?
I also recently purchased a third packet of seeds called "P. Carneum". I am hoping to W.S. them very soon. Right now, I have a nasty cold and not getting much done.
Last year I transferred my WS'd poppies from their jugs into the ground as soon as they got their first set of true leaves. I tried to get the roots with a big hunk of soil so as not to disturb them too much. They did great, and they are up again this spring, and getting big old leaves. I hope I get some flowers this year! Good luck.
I planted 'Brilliant' orange last fall and they came back- YAY! I have a few gaps in one row of them and am hoping the seed takes off. Unfortunately, mine are in full sun and they are cooked already and wilting down to nothing. BUT...I agree with everyone else on the 'worth it' part..that is so true. I was absolutely delighted mine came up and bloomed this year.
I'm a poppy first timer,,, I just sprinkled a package on a pot,,,had no idea they where poppies until they bloomed... SO they will only bloom once and that's it for the year? what happened to the foliage? And are all poppies be-backers? Mine are a salmon color with purple in the middle,,, common package kind right?
There are 2 kinds of poppies.
Orientals that bloom in late May into June here in Z6 and go dormant and
Annual poppies that are just starting now here, and self sow their seeds for the next year.
No Idea which yours were but sounds like an annual
The annuals are easy to manage.The Orientals need some patience.They cant be moved until the leaves die back in late summer.
I have a lot of work ahead of me because I planted OP's in the wrong place,too close to the border.