Ask a Question forum: Moving Oriental Poppies now in late September?

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Name: Jane
Tobyhanna, PA (Zone 5a)
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PAgirl63
Sep 25, 2015 5:41 PM CST
I didn't get around to it in August. Is it too late to move some Oriental poppies now in late September, zone 5a? I have a small patch in a garden area and the color of the poppies really clash with other plants in the same bed. I would like to move the poppies to spot all to themselves. Thanks for any info.
Name: Julia
Washington State (Zone 7a)
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springcolor
Sep 25, 2015 8:49 PM CST
Very hard to move an Oriental poppy as they have long tap roots. I usually wait until early spring when they send out small plants that have a shallow root system. I have some pictures let me find them.
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Name: Julia
Washington State (Zone 7a)
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springcolor
Sep 25, 2015 8:55 PM CST
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This is what mine looks like in the spring. Here in Washington this shot was taken end of January so really late winter.

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Small little plant that will move easy.

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Other small plants and there root system. I have had great success with this. Something I have noticed is that it is hard to eradicate this kind of poppy. I have dug one out only to have it reappear in a few years.
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