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Oriental poppies (Papaver) are long used by gardeners in a range of landscape situations. Planting poppies is simple and rewarding when their blooms appear. The clumps will become larger each year but will never be invasive. They can be forced indoors with special treatment. They make beautiful cut flowers, but you will have to sear the ends of freshly cut stems with a match. Poppies have appeared on ravaged battlefields and have come to symbolize death and rebirth. Some poppy varieties must be divided to multiply and grow more over time. Papaver orientalis blooms are large, bright and are among the most popular poppies available. Poppies are strong plants that are drought tolerant and weather resistant.
About this Variety
The red poppy symbolizes fallen warriors and commemorates Veteran's Day in the United States. It is often known by the common name Flanders Poppy. This red beauty creates a carpet of color when massed.
- Drought resistant
- Beautiful, showy blooms
- Grows well in containers, garden beds and borders
- Excellent for cut flower arrangements
- Easy to grow
Grows 18-36" tall
Plant 18-24" apart, 1-2" deep
Grow as Perennial in zones 3-8. Grow as Annual elsewhere.
Plant Papavers in the spring after all danger of frost has passed in a full sun location in moist but well draining soil. Soil preparation: The ideal soil is porous and drains well and yet still holds enough water for the roots. If your soil is heavy clay and drains slowly, or very sandy and does not hold water, add organic soil amendments (peat moss or ground bark). Spread a 3-4" layer of soil amendment, add fertilizer and incorporate together into the soil to a depth of 10". To plant: Dig a hole 1-2" deep in a sunny (at least 6 hours of direct sun), well drained location. Place the papaver in hole with roots pointed down and space 18-24" apart. Cover with soil and water. Mulch in extreme climates.
Do not disturb after they are established to prevent losing a blooming season. Poppies are best divided and replanted in fall if needed.