white poppy problem

delta_1(western Canada)June 29, 2009

I have a white poppy growing in my garden

But for the last year or so it looks like the part that holds the petal which should be green is turning black

and the flower does not open up only a few flowers are okay on the same plant

Has anyone had this problem

Im wondering if I should just pull it out the garden for good

and hope I can find another one

which might just be very hard to do

or should I spray it with something

or plant it somewhere else


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Since perennial poppies are early season bloomers, it is possible that excessive spring rains or wet weather could rot the flower buds. I am not aware of any specific diseases that these plants are prone to and I have never experienced this phenomenon myself. A sunny, well-drained location with good air circulation can help.

White oriental poppies are not exactly uncommon - there's several cultivars on the market - so you could replace it rather easily if you wanted or needed to.

    Bookmark   June 29, 2009 at 10:27AM
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Embothrium(USDA 8 Sunset 5 WA)

I've had Oriental poppies go black and shrivel before also. Have never tried to find out exact cause.

    Bookmark   June 29, 2009 at 1:26PM
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I had that problem last year, and found that earwigs were crawling into the unopened buds and eating the flowers before they bloomed. We used sluggo plus to control them and haven't had any problems since then. Good luck!

    Bookmark   June 29, 2009 at 11:55PM
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