poppies

helenh(z6 SW MO)March 19, 2010

Winter sown and self sown poppies.

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gldno1

Helen, that's interesting. I know you are a little south of me but I haven't seen any yet. I do have orientals up pretty tall. I need to do some searching. I didn't plant any assuming mine would self seed again.

    Bookmark   March 20, 2010 at 7:17AM
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helenh(z6 SW MO)

Glenda I am south of you, but according to the weather site, I'm colder than you. At least my recommended planting dates were later. I forget where we saw that. I think it was a link Christie provided.

    Bookmark   March 20, 2010 at 11:22AM
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helenh(z6 SW MO)

Glenda the wintersown poppies came up too early so I planted them and put a plastic tub over them. That is why they are earlier than yours. The reseeded one took care of itself and had no cover. This is the kind of junk I have in my yard along with old pieces of carpet for weed smothering, a million pots and stakes and too many yard ornaments.

    Bookmark   March 20, 2010 at 11:41AM
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kadasuki(z6 NW AR)

I just purchased red oriental poppies from Walmart and winter-sewed them in my 7 inches of snow. Do you think they'll sprout? I love poppies, can't find any colors but the red ones here, sigh.

    Bookmark   March 22, 2010 at 12:47PM
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helenh(z6 SW MO)

I haven't grown the perennial ones in years but I think winter sowing will work. They probably won't bloom until next year. You should be able to find shirley poppies at wal-mart. I have some Shirley poppies if you want to send me your address. Are you familiar with poppies. They look ratty after they bloom and are kind of a cottage garden plant.

    Bookmark   March 22, 2010 at 4:25PM
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kadasuki(z6 NW AR)

I have never heard of shirley poppies but will look them up. The only ones I know of are the fancy ones I've seen in garden catalogs and the red ones of Flanders Fields and Veterans' memorials.

    Bookmark   March 22, 2010 at 11:54PM
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helenh(z6 SW MO)

Shirley poppies come in pastel colors and also the red flanders field type which I think are the same type of poppy. They should have been planted last fall but you might get something this year if you get them in the ground soon. I actually like P somniferum better which also should have been planted last fall.

    Bookmark   March 23, 2010 at 2:41AM
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helenh(z6 SW MO)

Kadasuki I found my Shirley poppies planted last winter. Mine are not very big. I think you could sow them now and catch up. I found Shirley Poppies at Wal-Mart - I have a cat on my keyboard - Ferry Morse seed before sunflowers and after ornamental gourds. Or I will send you some, I have plenty. Spanky is being a real pain. Now she is kneading her paws on me. Earlier she was bugging the dog.

    Bookmark   March 25, 2010 at 12:41AM
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gldno1

I finally found one reseeded poppy. Now I am wondering where all the others are!

My red/orange orientals are up 6 inches or so and the ones I started from seed a few years ago are up too. I think three small clumps of those, a white and a pink one.

Our only house cat almost never sits in DH's lap and never in mine. She is a funny creature. She has nothing to do with her grown babies outside!

    Bookmark   March 25, 2010 at 5:47AM
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janie1979

I love poppies and have tried to plant them several times without success. I bought seeds again this year and plan to plant this weekend. I hope I'm not too late to plant. helenh, I frequently have that same problem with trying to hold the cat and use the keyboard at the same time, sometimes it's a cat, sometimes a dog.

    Bookmark   April 2, 2010 at 12:15PM
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helenh(z6 SW MO)

You might try milk jug top on them if you can put up with that look. Or a plastic tub with plenty of air circulation like I used above. I winter sowed in the milk jugs. Then you have to transplant hunks of seedlings because they don't transplant well.

    Bookmark   April 2, 2010 at 12:32PM
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