I know it can be done, I've seen poppies in people's yards as I drive by! I've just never succeeded myself. So, does anyone have recommendations for what types of poppies, and when/how to sow for the best results in warmer, humid climates (7b)? My daughter really likes poppies, and I'm doing anything I can to get her interested in the gardens!
Also, if winter sowing is recommended, I'd better trade for some of the appropriate seeds soon. Certainly can't find them in the stores around this time of year!
klstuart ~ did you get some seeds to try? About the time you were asking, I hadn't discovered this forum but I sowed some vintage seeds that were given to me. I have enjoyed the blooms for the past month or so. I understand they are best planted in ground without disturbing the roots. In other words, wintersowing in containers probably would be hard to transplant. They also require a good deal of moisture but apparently it fell at the right time here. Sadly they are beautiful for only a short time. I will soon be trying to harvest my first seeds.
I did end up getting quite a few seeds! I wintersowed them, with great results. They even transplanted well. I have a bunch of little clumps all over the garden. I'm a little concerned because they don't seem very big yet, not big enough to flower, and it's going to get hot here soon. Hopefully I will get some flowers before the heat kills them off.
I think next year I will try direct sowing just to avoid the transplanting work. I don't have much luck with it though, I think I have some hungry birds (I was out there today looking for the Marigolds that Should be coming up from direct sown seed... nothing.
Good to know it is o.k. to transplant them with out difficulty. Mine had come up in clumps but I was warned it was better not to disturb the roots. When did you transplant them? Maybe need to put them out sooner next year although when mine began to grow, they really took off. Yours will probably do so too.
It's getting hot this week, all highs in the 80's some up to 88. (not that hot but come on, I like my spring!) Makes me fear the 90's are right around the corner. How hot is it by you when they're blooming?
Warm here too and high humidity which makes it pretty uncomfortable. These poppies have bloomed most of the month of April and the daytime temps have been from the low 50°s to the mid 90°s during the month. I honestly couldn't tell a problem with the blooms as long as the plant received moisture.
HI, SC and TX and any other southern gardeners who grow poppies. Wanted to see how your poppy growing went. I, too, would like to succeed with them, particularly the breadseed type. I seem to recall that the foliage is quite large (and maybe unsightly?) after blooming so you have to plant for something in front. Have you had that experience?
Hmm, I was thinking the purples I'm growing are the breadseed kind... not sure though. Their foliage kind of looks like a weed to me. I actually have to pay attention in the early spring when I first see them coming up and remind myself not to pull them. But, after they bloom here there's not much life left in them and they pretty much die back. Some of mine are almost 3' tall this year, so if I was organized they'd be mid-bed with something in front of them anyway! As it is, I just pitched the seeds in a few places and they're coming up randomly. Fun surprises!
Podster, no, I haven't had enough success to harvest anything! I had a delightful, "volunteer" seedling that had a double ruffled coral poppy floweron gray green foliage this May -- I don't know what from which ill-fated attempt it came from. But I am undaunted...sort of...I am gardener!!
:-) the past 2 years I've found myself running outdoors as it starts to snow with a packet of poppy seeds in my hand. Have to hurry, as we're only likely to get one snow in a winter here... at the most 2 or 3, so if I actually see white stuff I bolt out the door! This method is a little random, because I'll plant them wherever I have a relatively clear bed, but it seems to be working, kind of!
I just noticed more Corn Poppies blooming to day, I'm really surprised because, like you Cedar, we have been unseasonably hot and dry for months. Everytime we get a drop of rain more pop up. They don't last long in this heat but I sure enjoy them.
The general rule for corn poppies is if you live south of the Texas Panhandle sow seeds in the fall, if you live north plant in early spring. The seeds are really small so surface sow them. I use seed balls so the seeds don't get eaten of blow away, but right now they are coming up everywhere.