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Can anyone give me a reliable source for buying Oriental Poppy plants. I've purchased a few from Wayside, for lack of a better source, and got anything from wrong colors to dead plants.
I have been eyeing up poppies myself and a few of the sources are Heronswood,
Bluestone Perennials and Garden Crossings. Personal experience wise, I have
been well pleased with everything I have purchased from Garden Crossings.
Bluestone has nice prices (small plants). Heronswood, I'm not sure if what they
are offering is bare root or started plants. Try searching Plant Scout under
Papaver. I am sure there are other suppliers. Good Luck.
Hi! Thanks for your replies. I had already looked through all of the vendors that came up under Papaver Orientalis but was hoping to find one vendor that carried many different cultivars, to save on postage. I did end up placing 2 small orders, one from Deer-resistant Nursery and one from Eminence Meadows. Of course, after placing the orders, I was notified that 1 cultivar at each vendor was out of stock :-( I also placed orders at 2 less than great nurseries, Spring Hill and Gurneys...maybe I'll get lucky (not holding my breath). Spring Hill had a beauty called Lauren's Lilac..not as dark as the annual Lauren's Grape, I couldn't find any other US sources that had it in stock...but hey, it's only money, right?????
The 2 from Eminence Meadows looked fine, Deer-resistant Nursery ended up being out of the one I wanted. I think I threw my money away on the 2 bare root ones from Gurney's (not surprising) and the 2 from Spring Hill's won't be delivered until fall (I don't expect much from them either). A very nice DGer sent me a bunch of his extras that he had started from seed though :-)
If I decide that I need more next year, I will make sure to order earlier in the season because several of the sources that I looked at were already out.
You may want to consider ordering your Oriental Poppies next year from Graceful Gardens. I think I am going to give them a try. Graceful Gardens has all positive comments and they are famous for their delphiniums. Many people consider delphs to be pretty finicky and they receive rave reviews for them. Their prices are very reasonable although they have a minimum size order.
I am going to WS poppys,not orientals. I have bought a collection of 6 from Bluestone two dies and one is dragging along with out putting up a crown for the winter.
If I lose any I will order from Haernswood or GardenCrossings. Bluestone plant did will for me except the Poppies.
The winter sows are going on the ground in March, I have some down now but was told by a friend I have too much mulch on my beds so I'll scrape away mulch where I want to sow.
These are poppy somniferum going in with my lilies
poppy commutatum garden edge sunny spot
poppy nudicule a Belgeum or Flanders type.
For the first time ever, I have two Oriental Poppies, purchased locally in late summer, that look fantastic. In the past, I planted them in somewhat improved clayey soil. I am at a new location and taking advantage of lots and lots of composted horse manure. Result: I have friable soil for the first time ever, which is what I read that OPs like. Sure enough, I think this is the trick--and I had a very hot summer which they survived. The tap root (I had to move one about a month ago) was super long and ended about 2 1/2 feet away.
I have read that when they are happy, they are almost impossible to dispose of--even a small piece of root will rejuvenate.
Right now, everything is dead in my zone 6 garden but the OPs are green and thriving.
The op's will send up new plants where a "root cutting" has taken place through transplanting.
Your Fall green leaves now are crowns, they stay that way all winter until spring when the plant continues to grow and bloom.
I am also trying to find a reliable source for some of the more unusual colors of oriental poppy PLANTS. I ordered some lovely ones from Wayside Gardens last year, but one was DOA, and the rest never survived winter. I want plants that I can plant in the spring, not bare roots.
I will look up Eminence Meadows, and Graceful Gardens. Any other suggestions?
I bought plants from Eminence Meadows and found they were small for the price.
Dont buy from Van Borgundian,theyre poppy mix was horrible, everyone died.
I bought great plants from Garden Crossings one arrived with a bud and bloomed the next week.
I ordered OP's from Bluestone years ago - they always send out plants I believe. They started out small, and it took about 3 years before they really got going. I think I weeded up one by mistake thinking it was a thistle! But now mine are thriving and spreading. It is Prince of Orange; now I am trying to find other colors. I just ordered Patty's Plum plants - quart size containers, from T's Flowers - 7.50 each and I am hoping they will grow.
You will love Pattys Plum,it bloomed for me last year from plants from Bluestone(collection).
It has lots of buds this year and I expect blooms anyday.
It takes about 3 seasons like you said.
Thats why I wont try to start from seeds again.
I'm just too old to wait 3 years to see a fully developed plant no mater what type it is.
The only op seeds I started ,that are growing now, are Princess Victoria Louise. I think they may become invasive.