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white poppy problem

Posted by delta_1 western Canada (My Page) on
Mon, Jun 29, 09 at 3:35

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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RE: white poppy problem

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.

RE: white poppy problem

  • Posted by bboy z8 WA USA (My Page) on
    Mon, Jun 29, 09 at 13:26

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

RE: white poppy problem

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!

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