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Western Maine
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Jun 21, 2017 8:00 PM CST
I have a poppy plant that I got in 2011. This year it looked healthy enough, but had no blooms. Is it just too old? I think I have others as old that bloomed fine.


Name: Daisy I
Reno, Nv (Zone 6b)
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Jun 22, 2017 3:25 PM CST
The only information I can find says they are long-lived perennials. Some perennials are more long-lived than others but "Better Homes & Gardens" does have Oriental Poppy on their list of long-lived perennial favorites.
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Name: Carol
Santa Ana, ca
Sunset zone 22, USDA zone 10 A.
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Jun 22, 2017 5:08 PM CST
Depends on where you live! For you it is perennial , for me it is treated as an annual, even though it is officially a perennial. You and I are at opposite ends of the spectrum, but I'm sure someone in Iowa or maybe Kansas would probably have a different answer.
Name: Elaine
Sarasota, Fl
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Jun 22, 2017 6:47 PM CST
I've planted a lot of them in my daughter's garden in Utah, zone 6ish. I can tell you that blooming declines on older clumps of some varieties when they get too crowded, so maybe it's time for you to carefully divide that plant after 6 years?

If you could post a picture of the plant we could advise you a lot better, please?

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