Growing Poppies in a natural atmosphere is, the first step you can consider in your spring to autumn garden designs.
We had once a red poppy plant in the year 2005. We found it difficult to manage as the blossoms were easily gone with the strong wind and the heavy rain. Since then, growing poppy plant became a challenge to me.
Two years ago, I was tempted to plant poppies again. So, we had grown California poppies (Slaapmutsje in Dutch and á fleur simple in French) successfully from the flower seeds. We had enjoyed the bright yellow orange medium sized flowers shining everywhere in our summer garden that year. It was a great surprise!
California poppies are delicate flowers that do not like to be transplanted. If you need some beautiful sparkling orange flowers in your garden, you may consider adding these slow germinating Eschscholzia Californica into your flower garden plans.
This year we found a different kind of Papaver Rhoeas seeds (Coquelicot in French) in one of the local small village flower seeds supplier. I did not realise that they were in a mix of multi-coloured flowers until I met them.
Wild Papaver Rhoeas is easier to manage. A moist and well drainage ground is all they need; they need no fertilisers.
Greenhouse Growing Poppies
The Dancing Poppies
You can start your young poppies in an earth flower pot in early spring; and place them in your spray free fresh-air green house.
They love sandy loam soil.
They love cool and moist earth.
Poppy flowers love a sunny place in your garden.
If you are interested to grow them in containers; stake them when they are tall. In this way, they will grow strong and stand right up.
They will bloom continuously from late Spring to late Autumn. They will help you to make the easy and long succession of beautiful flowers in your fall garden.
I discovered that, no matter how small is the flower pot, they will still produce the same size of flowers.
If you wish, you may sow more fresh seeds in the late spring, the seeds will germinate faster than in early spring; as the the temperature is slightly higher.
When the young plants are strong enough to handle; you may transfer them to their individual flower pot.
The red poppy, white poppy, pink poppy and shining orange poppies are charming, elegant, and glamorous. They are waiting for their handsome dance partners!
Poppies are not only for the wildflowers plugs or a wild flower garden, they definitely deserve a place in your flower borders. Although some gardeners are worrying about their seed pods would be mulched in the soil without notice. However, it is in your total control.
When the temperature has gone higher, you can transfer all of them outdoor to gain their direct sunlight.
Poppy plant's average height is about 70 cm. Although under soft weather; the flower can only stay to maximum 3 days. However, you will not notice; as their rich flowers would follow almost immediate when one is drop.
Papaver Rhoeas can adapt easily to new environment. A trellis will help them to stand stronger against the wind.
Mr. Wasp bee is the frequent visitor. He loves to stand close to the flower heart everyday. But when the strong wind blows, he will be found under the flower petals.
When the autumn began, all the poppy flower petals would be chilled by the iced cold wind and heavy non-stop rain.
I removed their pots and moved them to the Southern border of our flower bed, next to our backyard goldfish pond. We had a great joy from all these amazing flowers.
Start growing poppies and enjoy the non-stop blooming, sweet and charming organic flowers!