poppies and watsonia problems

jardinerowaFebruary 15, 2013


I do pure container gardening and concerned with a box container of shirley poppies and a round container with watsonias. I planted them both in Oct of last year. I'm in San Diego zone 10 area.
So now it's Feb and the poppies were growing but they are getting yellowish leaves except for the newest ones. I thought I was watering too much but they are in containers and I figure I should water when the soil is dry at least an inch down right? Also they haven't bloomed yet or even thought about blooming which is strange since I sowed them from seed back in Sept/Oct. I am tempted to give some phosphorus and potassium fertilizer to speed up blooms because before too long it is going to be too warm for poppies anyway. But should I give them a tiny bit of nitrogen too? I don't want to sacrifice flowers but maybe nitrogen will help the leaf color?
My watsonia started coming up in Nov and each bulb has like 5 spear leaves but since the last month or so, I've noticed that the spear-like leaves have become yellowish except for the very middle of the spear leaves. Again, no signs of wanting to bloom with the watsonias...and what's with the color? Should I fertilize them too?
PLEASE HELP! I want them to be successful. Thanks!

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Are they getting enough sun? What type of soil did you plant them in? Is the water draining through?

    Bookmark   February 16, 2013 at 9:49AM
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calistoga_al ca 15 usda 9

Container plants do need a fertilizer program. Some potting mixes do contain a fertilizer package, but most are only good for about 3 months. Post this in the container growing forum for more help on container mixes and fertilization. Al

    Bookmark   February 16, 2013 at 11:06AM
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hosenemesis(SoCal Sunset 19 USDA 8b)

Mine are not ready to bloom. Not for another month or two. What kind of poppies did you plant? California poppies get a lot of yellow leaves at the base of the plant as the new leaves grow out.

    Bookmark   February 18, 2013 at 8:46PM
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They are shirley poppies. Maybe I'm just inpatient. I will keep waiting. Thanks!

    Bookmark   February 20, 2013 at 6:55PM
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hosenemesis(SoCal Sunset 19 USDA 8b)

Yes, they will be a while yet. April and early May is the usual time for poppies to bloom. The watsonias are usually in late April as well.

    Bookmark   February 23, 2013 at 1:52AM
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Thanks for the replies. At least I know that it still is too early for poppies and watsonia to bloom.
I guess since my ranunculus has been in bloom since January, I figured the poppies would be in bloom already; Of course this is the first year that I'm growing poppies from seed. Thanks!


    Bookmark   February 24, 2013 at 2:39PM
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