Central Park Oriental Poppy
Spring Planting: we begin shipping in late April through May beginning with the warmest hardiness zones, so you receive your products at the proper time for planting.
Papaver orientallis. Gorgeous, raspberry-purple, large ruffled flowers on tall stems. Can be appreciated from quite a distance. Height 30-36". No.1 root. Pkg of 1.
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It is a good idea to soak any bare-root perennials in water for a few hours, but not more than a day, before planting. Add organic matter to the area and provide good drainage unless the plant variety enjoys wet roots. Unless otherwise specified, bare-root perennials are usually planted with the crown (where the shoots meet the roots) an inch below the soil surface. Firm soil gently to eliminate air pockets and water in well. Mark the area clearly since it may be awhile before the plant shows itself.
Space plants 15"-18" apart with the crown (the point where the roots meet the shoots) just under the soil surface. Oriental Poppy plants have long, carrot-like roots, and the bareroot Poppies we ship should be planted with 3" of soil over the crown. Dig a hole that's deep enough to accommodate the roots. Shallow planting is often the cause of failure, as is soil that is too wet. The plants go dormant in early summer, so plant them near a later blooming perennial. New foliage emerges in fall.
Poppies thrive in any well-drained soil and full sun. Deadhead after blooming. Plants need a full 8 hours of sun to flower well. While they are drought tolerant once established, give them an inch of water a week when in bud or bloom. Do not overwater when plants are dormant. Apply a slow-release fertilizer in spring, or side-dress with compost or aged manure.