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Oriental Red Poppies

Posted by laagarden 5 (My Page) on
Sat, Aug 13, 11 at 20:21

I started Oriental Red Poppies from seed, and I have great germination. I just planted them out. They are supposed to be like 3 ft. tall, I believe. I'm trying to figure out if they reseed themselves or if they will just come back next year from the roots.

Any help would be appreciated.


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RE: Oriental Red Poppies

I actually want to ask the same question. I just got some seeds. I know they are perennial. But if I sow the seeds now, will the seedlings survive the winter?

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RE: Oriental Red Poppies

  • Posted by morz8 Z8 Wa coast (My Page) on
    Sun, Aug 14, 11 at 12:27

laagarden, Papaver orientale is perennial, established plants come back from the roots each year. They often go dormant in summer heat, send out a flush a new growth as weather begins to cool in Fall so I hope you planned for that seasonal 'bare space' when siting yours.

Sara, our seasonal die back and bare ground is much less time than in other parts of the country. The seeds will take about 2 weeks to germinate surface sown at about 68F, if it's much warmer it could take longer - I'm not sure that's likely this year :)

You do run a risk of losing such young plants with a hard freeze as we were exposed to last November, that one was difficult for even some mature established plants. If you sow and plant this season, you may want to be prepared to protect if necessary, pile on the dry leaves, put an upended bucket over them for a few days, or if still in pots, move someplace semi-protected until normal winter weather returns.

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