How to Grow PoppyGreens

Poppies make great additions to the garden. They are easy to grow and have long flowering seasons. They are also a good choice for attracting wildlife to your yard.

Sow a few seeds directly in the garden when the soil is warm enough (around 65°F). Thin seedlings to 6″ to 12″ apart, depending on the variety. This will increase air circulation and help reduce powdery mildew.

Divide a clump every 3-5 years to improve the performance of your plants. This is especially important if you live in an area with poor drainage and waterlogged soil, which can cause root rot.

For the best results, plant Oriental poppy in a spot with full sun. If you are growing these in a container, it is best to use a terracotta pot with good drainage so excess moisture will evaporate easily.

If the weather turns cold, move the pot indoors to protect it from freezing temperatures. A thick layer of mulch around the roots can help keep them hydrated through the winter.

The Best of the Optics

A good way to improve the flowering capabilities of your poppy plant is by adding a bloom-boosting fertilizer. This will ensure that you get the most out of your investment. The most efficient way to do this is to incorporate a slow-release formula that contains more phosphorus than nitrogen. A small amount of this fertilizer will not only stimulate flowering, it will also promote stronger root development.