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I absolutely love California poppies - they are such happy flowers. I w/s'd mine the first weekend of January [I had this in the container thread, but thought I would bring it out into it's own]. Now they have sprouted. I've heard quite abit on how they are tempermental to transplanting.
I found this on the HGTV site...
>>Transplanting poppies is a little different. Choose seedlings that have their first set of true leaves but are still quite small. Gently lift the seedlings apart, being careful not to damage the roots. Then poke a hole about the size of a root ball in the soil. Gently place the seedling in the hole, holding the leaves above the soil surface. Make sure the stem is completely covered up to the first set of leaves, to anchor the seedling and maximize contact with the soil.
Any experience with these? Sheila, sorry for duplication. I thought other might see it in it's own thread and find it interesting.
Hmmm... I think that describes the way I transplant most things!
"Clump transplanting" is said to be a useful technique with other persnickity plants... Tom DeBaggio advises it for dill & others... Basically it's the same as the above, except you separate the plants into clumps of 3 to 5... Take whatever number breaks away; it defeats the purpose to prick apart individual plants and then gather them into clumps. Planting the seedlings deeper than they were growing, up to the first set of true leaves, helps stabilize them (and many plants will grow additional roots along the buried portion of the stem). I clump-transplant into cell packs or 2 inch pots, then transplant into the garden when the cell or pot has been filled with roots... Although I've never done this with CA poppies, I've used this technique with other seedlings that are said to be tempermental about transplanting, and it works fine. It also helps give a more immediate full appearance to the plant, so I like to clump transplant basil, lobelia, alyssum, etc.
I wintersowed several varieties of Poppies last winter and they did fantastic. I transplanted them out via the hunk of seedling method. Most of my poppies were not transplanted until late May. Some had more than their second set of true leaves. It was my first time ever having poppies and I could not believe that by the end of July one section of the poppies was about 3 and 1/2 feet and I counted 75 buds. They all bloomed it was glorious. When they finished and the foliage got nasty I ripped them completely out. Because with ws I know I can do lots more this year.
You are not late in ws poppies. They do sprout quickly and if are heavy handed with the seeding before long your container will be completely green. I have 7 more varieties to try this year and I plan to do those next week.
I like the paper pot idea...then I could just plant the whole thing and not worry about the root at all! I have a soap stone pot maker too...I was going to use in the spring when I started rooting cuttings..
sometimes I even use toilet paper rolls that I have closed bottom up w/newspaper
"Borrowed" some blocks out of the kid's toybox and taped them together.
I used this to tap the dirt down.
I tried to use about 10 seeds. I sprinkled them on top of soil and then sprinkled colored sand on top.
This was to help keep seeds in place and also to let me know that I already planted seeds so that I wouldn't double up.
I had some left over poppy seed and decided to also direct sow them. I picked a spot on Saturday morning, so they would be covered by all the snow from the weekend. I figured this might be a good test to see which works best.
I also found this... I had good luck with Poppies last spring too. If you didn't pull yours up until after they had produced seed and haven't mulched the ground where they were last year, they might come back. Most people sprinkle Poppy seeds and other cool season annuals like Bachelor Buttons directly in the garden in late fall. But, Poppies are among the easiest seeds to WinterSow and that is how I started mine last year. If you didn't save Poppy seeds from last year, order them now (or trade for some on the GW Seed Exchange), because they need to be planted while it's still cold - like now. Poppies don't like to be transplanted, so if you do start them in containers, don't attempt to separate out individual seedlings, but just break apart the clump into pieces about the size of a nickel and get them in the ground while they're still small. If you sow them in 4-inch square containers, you should get at least 16 clumps from each.
Hmmmmmm, so which is it? Can/should poppies be moved after they have put on their true leaves or not? I saw a gardening show where they featured a poppie grower in California and she had them in cellpacks just like any other plants, so there must be away to get them into the garden after wintersowing with out harm to them right? i started making all those newspaper pots, and i still have them, so it woudln't hurt to use the ones i ahve, but i started to realize how labor intensive it was and after reading here, i though I woudl just do them in my large pots i am wintersowing in... ?
I've read that "hunks" of wintersown Poppies transplanted into your garden will work just fine. If it were warmer out this weekend, I'd start transplanting them & marking the spot were I put them into my garden. Bet they probably would even bloom earlier...whatcha think?
Hey--Anitabryk-- was just over at the GW wintersowing forum looking up seed starting info and saw your 'name'... lot's of chat about wintersowing over there...did you get the quote about transplanting poppies from there or trudi's site? Lot's of good info and tips there. Trudi d. has done a lot of research...