Any advice on Peony Poppies?

mandolls(4)April 21, 2011

I have a tray of about 50 seedlings of Flemish Antique Peony Poppies that I transplanted into little cups yesterday. I have never grown these, but have a few oriental poppies that I love.

I have read that they have a pretty short life and look a bit ratty after they bloom. I was thinking about putting them in the Dahlia bed, since they should be close to done by the time the Dahlias go into full production.

Right now they are 1/2" tall and its hard to believe that they will be 18" tall plants with 4" blooms by mid summer.

Is there anyone here with experience growing them who can give me some advice?

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gardenweed_z6a

I grew Papaver paeoniflorum 'White Cloud' from seed via winter sowing last year. They sprouted, grew and bloomed very early in the season. It was a brief but spectacular show. Here are my garden notes about them:

Buds formed 6/3; flowers opened 6/10. Flowers are short-lived and foliage turns ratty once flowering is finished.

I didn't bother growing them again this year because I'm looking for perennials with a long bloom time and reliably attractive foliage the whole season. While the flowers are gorgeous, they just didn't measure up to my plans for the flowerbeds. I had no trouble getting rid of the seeds--lots of folks wanted them.

    Bookmark   April 21, 2011 at 9:17AM
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flora_uk(SW UK 8/9)

They have a rather long tap root so I'd get them into the garden as soon as possible. Once you have them they will self seed if you leave some pods to ripen. Although the plants can get a bit ratty the seed heads are attractive in themselves and dry well so I always leave some of the biggest.

They are actually Papaver somniferum 'Paeoniflorum' group but I think the marketeers don't like to mention the 'somniferum' part. You are growing opium poppies.

    Bookmark   April 21, 2011 at 11:34AM
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luckygal(3b)

I love peony poppies. Years ago I bot a package at a charity plant fundraiser for 25 cents and they self seed if allowed and I also seed them wherever I want more. I've given away a lot of seeds also. I think they add a lot to a cottage garden. IMO not every plant has to be perfect and I find when they go to seed and look ratty the other plants are tall enough to hide most of them or I cut them back.

I have had a few giants that grew almost 3' tall. This is not the tallest poppy but was a good size - mine are a mix of mostly doubles but a few singles, and many shades of pink and red. I only keep seed from the largest and prettiest so *may* eventually not have singles. I've also used the largest seed heads in winter arrangements.

    Bookmark   April 21, 2011 at 11:56AM
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ianna(Z5b)

they are annuals and very pretty. However I have experienced that they don't grow true to form and I get single petallred poppies instead. I love the way annual poppies look though and sow them liberally in the garden.

    Bookmark   April 21, 2011 at 1:53PM
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mandolls(4)

Thank you all, I still have the habit of buying a packet of seed because like the picture, without doing any research before hand. (I bought Lisianthus seed this year, nowhere did it mention that it took 9 months to bloom! Not very realistic for zone 4) It sounds like mixing the poppies into the south side of the Dahlia bed will work perfectly, since I never have flowers there until mid-July. I'll try that and a few other places where, when thy are spent, I can either pull them, or they will be covered by later blooming plants.

    Bookmark   April 21, 2011 at 6:12PM
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norabelle(5)

Luckygal--you are indeed a lucky gal with that peony poppy!

Re Peony Poppies: Intermixing poppies with other flowers, especially longer bloomers, is a good idea because the flowers are not long lasting. I have had peony poppies for two years from Botanical Interests and they are pretty and last for a few weeks. (I have not had much luck with reseeding, yet.)

Having other flowers to cover them is useful. I love 'em! Poppies are a staple in my garden now--Oriental, ladybird, Flanders, Lauren's Grape, and peony. I am working on growing the illusive (to me) Himalayan Blue. I have tried for four years, so I hope the fifth time is the charm. :)

cheers,
Norabelle

    Bookmark   April 21, 2011 at 11:06PM
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mytime(3/4 Alaska)

I grow my purple and pink ones with my dahlias. And with my lilies. And with everything else!

    Bookmark   April 22, 2011 at 1:56AM
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leanna134

I'm a burgeoning gardener, with a very small plot to work with. In fact, most of my plantings this year will be in containers so I can move them around the yard to catch the sun. I bought four different packs of Peony Poppy seeds (Black, Red Giant, Cream, Pale Rose) and and now wondering if it's even possible to hope for blooms this year if I plant sow them now (mid-April) in a container. It's been VERY mild here in NJ and I'm looking for any advice!

Thank you in advance!

    Bookmark   April 15, 2012 at 8:33AM
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