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Name: Jane
Tobyhanna, PA (Zone 5a)
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PAgirl63
Jan 28, 2015 3:27 PM CST
I'm looking for poppy types (annual or perennial) that are good self seeders. I would like to direct sow seeds early spring into a mixed perennial bed made up mostly of (lavender, yarrow, garlic chives) along with whatever mostly deer resistent annuals I decide to add later in the season to the mix. The bed is in a sunny spot for most of the afternoon. I'm in zone 5a. Any info would be greatly appreciated. *I understand that poppies are generally supposed to be deer resistant, but either deer or groundhogs ate my California poppies last year.* Thanks
Name: Neal Linville
Winchester, KY (Zone 6a)
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gemini_sage
Jan 29, 2015 6:29 AM CST
P. somniferum and P. rhoeas both reseed well in my garden, both annuals. It is important to sow them early while the temps are still cold/cool. Some like to sow them atop of snow in order to see the seeds and how thickly they're sown. I direct sow in February or March.
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Name: Jennifer
48036 MI (Zone 6b)
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jvdubb
Jan 29, 2015 7:59 AM CST
This is a good thread for me to watch. I love poppies. But I've always thought ALL of them were invasive so I have always refused to plant any. So to find some that are well behaved would add a nice element to my flower gardens!
Name: Neal Linville
Winchester, KY (Zone 6a)
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gemini_sage
Jan 29, 2015 8:10 AM CST
Jennifer, most years I see about the number I'd like to leave of both annuals I mentioned, but sometimes there will be a lot of them. They're really easy to cultivate out when there are too many though. I like to deadhead some to help keep it under control, and I like to select for certain colors I'd like more of.
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jmorth
Feb 1, 2015 1:34 AM CST
My P. somniferum are like Neal's, self seeders but easy to eradicate if too much. The population has decreased somewhat over the years, I was going to throw more seed from my refrigerator this year but keep forgetting to do it.
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