The Q&A Archives: Oriental Poppies

Question: I am ready to plant Oriental poppy bulbs, how deep, how far apart?

Answer: Oriental Poppies are usually sold as root divisions, not bulbs. The roots like to be planted deeply with their crown buried 3 inches deep (with the top of the crown to the surface of the soil). Each plant can grow 4' tall, with flowers that are 3-6 inches wide. Space plants 18"-24" inches apart. You can also sow seeds of Oriental poppies. Prepare the garden bed well by digging in some organic matter and smoothing the surface, then broadcasting seed over the surface. When the seedlings come up, thin them out by cutting down the unwanted plants. Poppies need full sunshine and well draining soil.

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