The Q&A Archives: Planting poppies

Question: At the beginning of spring I planted some poppies in my garden. I noticed as the flowers are coming out they are growing out of the base of the plants and not at the tops. Did I do somethong wrong when I planted them?



Answer: As long as the plant seems healthy otherwise, I think what you are seeing is normal for Papavar orientale, the perennial poppy. The buds are on long stems that elongate before the bud opens.

Also, the perennial poppies are usually planted in the fall rather than in the spring. With a spring planting, the plant may still be going through an adjustment period and should perform better next summer once it is established.

If you have not grown these before, be aware it will yellow and the foliage will die back in midsummer after it blooms. This is normal. It should sprout new basal growth by fall. I hope this helps.

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