Take Advantage Of A Poppy Sale

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If you ever come across a poppy sale, either by an online supplier or local grower, take a moment to peruse through the many selections of poppy species. You’d be amazed at what kinds of shapes, sizes and colors you come across at the poppies sale.

The poppy plant is unique since it is one of the rare species of flowers that comes in both an annual and perennial form. Furthermore, poppies can be grown from seed and thrives quite well in smaller containers as they do in an outdoor garden. They are so versatile that they can literally be grown in almost any type of soil.

Poppies deserve a well earned place in any indoor small greenhouse home garden or outdoor wildflower mixed shrub garden. The colour ranges of the poppy plant are as diverse as the rainbow and are available from vibrant to subdued, from dark crimson to bright orange and mellow yellow and even to gentle pink. The poppy flower also grow as a single pod or plant to a double or semi-double pod or plant.

Growers who auction their poppy for sale are very familiar with the particular type of poppy plant they are cultivating. They realize that many poppy plants come from a portion of the poppy family known as Papaveraceae which bears the name “poppy”. In particular, the Papaver species contains annuals and perennials. Some examples of these include Shirley & Flanders. On average you will find two to three feet tall plants available at a poppy sale. They bloom in the latter part of spring and throughout the summer months and can be found in a multitude of colors such as pink, peach, orange, lilac, purple, red, or in orange. They are easy to distinguish from other plants since they have a distinctive dark spot at the base of each petal.

The perennial poppies quite frequently include a wider variation in sizes. The Alpine species poppies grow approximately five to ten inches in height and are composed of white, yellow or even sometimes, orange or red coloured flowers. Icelandic poppies mature at about one to two feet in height and produces red, apricot, pink, orange, yellow, salmon or white flowers. If you ever get the opportunity to walk around the actual garden of a poppy sale you will see for yourself that these particular types of flowers may reach up to 7 inches across above regular segmented foliage. A more popular variety, the Oriental poppy grows to about two to four feet tall with scarlet, salmon, white, rose, pink, or peach coloured blooms. The foliage dies after flowering but they quickly grow again in the fall season.

Poppies can be easily grown from seeds. As a matter of fact, they are well known for self-sowing and easily multiply in a garden if left unchecked. You don’t have to sorry as they are not invasive like weeds and can be easily pulled from the soil. Poppies are frost tolerant and germinate best in cooler weather conditions and soil. Seeds should be sown in a sunny area as soon as the soil can be used and the ideal time for that would be spring. If you see a poppy for sale you can be sure that the seller will also have poppy seeds available for purchase. Grab a couple of packages, take them home to your garden and place the seeds on the ground with a fine layer of soil covering them. Make sure to keep them moist, but not overdo it on the watering as you may waterlog the seeds. Germination will begin take place in ten to fifteen days. A good tip would be to mix the tiny poppy seeds with sand to make handling and spreading them easier. Thin the seedlings when they are approximately one inch high.

Take time to transplant the seedlings on a cloudy day and set them in the ground so the crown is about even with the surface of the soil. Provide them enough spacing to enhance air circulation and avoid potentials issues like diseases. Unless the summertime is extremely dry and hot, poppies won’t require much watering or need for fertilizer. Deadhead spent flowers to encourage them blooming longer and to prevent them from going to seed. Some professional gardener’s stake taller varieties to prevent the wind and rain from whipping them to make sure their supply of plants are ripe and ready for their poppy sale.

In indoor situations one can take comfort in knowing that poppies grow well in smaller sized containers since they are so drought tolerant. Plant containers can also be bought, along with your seeds, at a poppies sale. Make sure to use potting soil rather than garden soil in the containers to prevent it from becoming too moist. Seeds may be planted directly into the container. When placing plants into a container try avoid disturbing the roots as you may inadvertently damage them.

Poppy plants make beautiful cut flowers to arrange in a floral bouquet or simple vase even though their blooms last only a few days before their petals fall to the table. The best time to cut the poppies from the garden is when the bud shows a slight shade of colour. Then, watch them unfurl over the next few days.

Garden pests or diseases hardly ever affect poppies. Insects such as Aphids may attack younger poppy pod plants in bud and some forms of mildew and fungus may also be a problem. Remove aphids with a hard spray of water. Avoid over-watering plants and allow plenty of air circulation around the plants to discourage fungal growth. Once you have had the experience of buying your own seeds or poppies at a poppy sale you will want to plant them in your container or outdoor garden. You will no doubt fall in love their beauty and versatility. Furthermore, since their seed is easily carried by the slightest wind you may find more of them popping up in your garden unexpectedly in the following season. You will be glad that you took the time to explore the poppies sale and find the perfect plant for your garden.

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