The Proper Procedures for Achieving the Best Results When Growing Poppy Plants

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Discovering how to grow poppy plants properly, by following the correct series of actions right from the beginning, will prevent many unnecessary mistakes.

Grow poppy flowers successfully in your outdoor or indoor garden.

The poppy plant is considered to be an early summer bloomer with petals that feel like soft tissue paper. They can be grown to about 3-5 feet in height and blossom in all different shades of colors ranging from pure white to a mix of pinkish red.

Before you begin you need to choose the right poppy.

Go to your local nurseries, or even online, to search for plants during the beginning of the spring or early summer months. It is best to purchase poppies that are in six inch to one gallon containers.

How To Grow Poppy Plants

Make sure that you pick the healthiest looking varieties. You can do this by inspecting them for new growth in the leaves and also the flower buds.

After you have bought your selection of plants you will need to proceed to the next step of planting them in your own garden.

The area that you will choose to plant them in will need to be exposed to plenty of natural sunlight and in well-drained soil. You will need to dig a hole for each plant and prepare the hole for planting by sprinkling a little bit of organic fertilizer into each one of them.

Carefully take the plants out of their pots and plant them into the holes no deeper than they were growing in their original containers. To make sure there is adequate space for growth set the poppies about 14-20 inches apart from each other.

Growing Poppy Plants

Now add approximately 2-3 inches of organic compost around the perimeter of the plants making sure not to add too much directly on top of them. Just like any other flower you will need to water the soil until it is thoroughly and completely moist.

The next series of actions in caring for your newly planted poppies is to deadhead flowers, by trimming off the spent flowers so that they can reproduce, or leave them alone for a period of time so that they can self-seed. Trim old stems back to the ground during the months in the middle of summer, when plants normally die back, using garden shears or pruners.

Follow up by adding a small application of organic fertilizer to the top of the soil in the spring months. Then mulch around but not on top of the poppy plants with about four inches of organic compost. Continue to frequently water them on a weekly basis until the soil is completely damp. This is especially important during hot summers when there is little or no rain fall. To make sure they don’t droop or bend over when growing stake or support them with a wooden stick or pole.

Grow Poppy Flowers

If you follow these series of actions for growing poppy plants it will ensure that you have healthy flowers at the end of the season. Learning how to grow poppy plants is fun and enjoyable for everyone. Anybody can grow poppy flowers in the comfort of their own home.

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