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Ice Cube Poppies (Growing Poppies in Warm-Spring Areas)

By Jai_Ganesha
June 6, 2017

Annual poppies, such as Shirley poppies and breadseed poppies, are fleeting and ephemeral bloomers. Compared to other annuals, the flowers last only a short while, but in that relatively short time period, their beauty can and will steal your heart forever. This article offers hope to those who live in areas with warm and humid springs (such as the American Southeast) and who want to grow annual poppy varieties, such as the Shirley poppy or breadseed poppy.

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Jun 7, 2017 6:10 PM CST
Thanks for the great article, Jai! I am in So California and often have trouble with my poppies. I can't wait until next November or December to try your method out. I never thought of watering them with ice chips, but this makes perfect sense. My biggest problem around here is it getting warm too quickly. Again, thanks very much! We've been fairly cool here, so I still have some " Lauren's Dark Grape" in bloom. Probably not for long, though! Elizabeth
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Name: Jai or Jack
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Jun 7, 2017 9:00 PM CST
You're very welcome! Those dark purples are pretty!

And when you use ice chips, you can use more than you would with water because while some of it soaks into the ground some of it also evaporates quickly and never goes into the ground, unlike liquid water.

After you experiment a little bit, you will get a feel for how much ice you can actually use.

My Lauren's Grape are just sending up buds. I expect blooms in a week or so.
Keep going!

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