Perennials forum: How do you tend to your oriental Poppies?

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Name: Geof
NW Wisconsin (Zone 4b)
Region: Wisconsin Dahlias Garden Ideas: Level 1 Celebrating Gardening: 2015
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mandolls
Jun 14, 2015 4:50 AM CST
Hi All - I love the poppies that I have in my front border…….. up until they finish blooming - but they sure look awful after they finish. The foliage sprawls, and starts turning yellow in the center. Does anyone have any suggestion as to how to tidy up that mess?

My Siberian iris get tied into sheaths, but I don't know if I can get away with that with poppies. I usually end up cutting them back somewhat, but I am not sure thats so good for them either.
Name: Deb
Pacific Northwest (Zone 8b)
Region: Pacific Northwest Organic Gardener Herbs Dragonflies Dog Lover Keeper of Poultry
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Bonehead
Jun 23, 2015 4:55 PM CST
I cut mine back hard when they look ratty. Usually they will put on some shorter basal growth but no reblooms.
I want to live in a world where the chicken can cross the road without its motives being questioned.
Name: Geof
NW Wisconsin (Zone 4b)
Region: Wisconsin Dahlias Garden Ideas: Level 1 Celebrating Gardening: 2015
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mandolls
Jun 23, 2015 5:52 PM CST
@bonehead - Thanks - I wasn't sure if I could get away with that.
Name: Connie
Edmonton, Alberta area (Canada (Zone 3a)
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conniepr27
Jul 5, 2015 7:20 AM CST
If I continue to remove the stocks of the dead ones, mine continue to flower for months!
Name: Deb
Pacific Northwest (Zone 8b)
Region: Pacific Northwest Organic Gardener Herbs Dragonflies Dog Lover Keeper of Poultry
Birds Lover of wildlife (Raccoon badge) Garden Ideas: Master Level Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Garden Sages Plant Identifier
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Bonehead
Jul 5, 2015 10:16 AM CST
I will have to try that next season. Do you have the oriental or opium variety? Mine are oriental.
I want to live in a world where the chicken can cross the road without its motives being questioned.
Name: Connie
Edmonton, Alberta area (Canada (Zone 3a)
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conniepr27
Jul 5, 2015 6:06 PM CST
Oriental. They come back, year after year, so faithfully. They are cheerful, when nothing else is blooming yet.

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