Poppy Care - Knowledgebase Question

Vernon Hills, Il
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Question by goforthegold
July 16, 2010
Hi Home Depot Garden Expert - I re-planted some poppy plants from a container to the ground. Many of the stems appear to be spent. Should I cut them, snap them, or just leave them alone?

Thank you and have a great weekend!


Answer from NGA
July 16, 2010
Poppies can be sensitive about being cut back while they are still actively growing so I think it best to allow the stems and foliage to turn yellow and begin to wilt before cutting them back. This way the latex like sap is no longer flowing and cutting the stems won't result in the sap leaking. Poppies go dormant after they have finished flowering and the yellowing foliage and stems can be unattractive for a few weeks, but once everything has wilted and turned yellow you can cut it off at ground level.

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