Spring Cleaning.. lost alot of my poppies to spring cleaning..

meadowgarden(zone 6 NY Longisland)June 4, 2008

I just noticed that when I spring cleaned. I spring cleaned a lot of my poppies. Has anyone else pulled out flowers thinking it was a weed? Any suggestions on how to master the art on knowing whats a weed to whats a plant?

Thanks Meadow

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lindaruzicka(Z6 PA)

alot of times if I'm not sure what something is, I'll let one grow to see what it turns into. If I don't like it, I pull it.

    Bookmark   June 4, 2008 at 10:56AM
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yep that's what i do, if its grass i pull it, usually that's what i have around here TONS of grass!! LOL and if it has no blooms, most of them are gone unless they have really pretty foilage or smell awesome!! LOL if they got stickers no contest!! your a goner!! LOL

    Bookmark   June 4, 2008 at 1:01PM
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agirlsgirl(6 SW-PA)

I rarely pull them,I always let it grow out a bit to be sure first,but,Gramma on the other hand is her own worst enemy,she pulls out at least 3 different things a year! She is 71 and has not gotten any better over the years! She knows the difference,it just usually when it's too late! :O My suggestions is that of the medo and Linda,don't pull unless you are sure! I observe the seedlings as they grow,so if it is a weed,the next time around I know what it looks like at different stages.
Don't feel bad,lots of gardeners sabotage them selves...lol..

    Bookmark   June 4, 2008 at 2:22PM
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I left things aloneg and ended up with snapdragons and petunias that I didn't even start. Must have been some neat seeda flying around the neighborhood!

    Bookmark   June 4, 2008 at 2:59PM
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bakemom_gw(z6 Central Ohio)

Sure, I have done that before, probably many times. Time and experience has probably cut that down some. Then, I also grow from seed, so I know a bit more about what the baby plants look like. Finally, I winter sow and always have too many plants, so if I screw up, I can easily replace.

    Bookmark   June 6, 2008 at 6:02PM
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after pulling up 3 bulbs last yr thinking they were grass, I've learned to just let it all "grow till I know" LOL

    Bookmark   June 7, 2008 at 11:07AM
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Chemocurl zn5b/6a Indiana(zone 5/6)

Don't despair...Thompson and Morgans is having their 1/2 off sale until June 19th (I think it is)...and they have 40 different varieties of Poppies

They also have 40 different varieties of Sweet Peas!

    Bookmark   June 10, 2008 at 7:17AM
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