Oriental Poppies Germination and Care

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Papaver Orientalis Prince of Orange
Getting the Best from your Oriental Poppies

No matter the color palette you desire in your garden planting schemes, Oriental poppies are an excellent choice. Some seeds are easy to germinate while others like the Oriental Seeds can require a bit more care. The Oriental poppy (Papaver Orientale) can be grown at home from seeds quite well if a few tips are adhered to.

These specimens are wonderful in an herbaceous border, and should not be overlooked when planning your planting scheme. They can create serene spots of color among the greenery soon after the spring warmth appears. These Perennials can give years of service once they are established.

Oriental poppies require a bit of understanding when trying to germinate from seeds. Don't dismiss them out of hand as being too much trouble. The following suggestions can eliminate a lot of the worry and care, and help you get the satisfaction of knowing you have been successful in your efforts.

1. Use seed compost to germinate your Oriental Poppy Seeds. Fill peat pots with seed compost and scatter seeds on top. Press the seeds into moist soil, but do not cover the seeds with the soil. Cover the pots at night (use paper or cardboard). Uncover in the morning, and continue this process daily until green shoots appear (about 15-20 days).

2. Hold off transplantation until the plants are a bit stronger, a few inches tall, being careful not to disturb the root system. This is one of the biggest causes of die off in the young Oriental poppies. Plant in a nutrient rich, moist but well drained soil in full sun. This will provide the environment necessary to encourage rapid growth and health.

When given the proper germinating and growing conditions at the beginning, your Oriental poppies will thrive and produce spectacular shows in the spring. The proper time to remove foliage and stalks is immediately following flowering as the poppies start to turn brown and die down. Cut the plant back to ground level where it will soon send new green shoots up from the roots and rejuvenate itself. This will keep the plants small and full of vitality, resting through the winter months and springing back up into vibrant growth as soon as the spring warmth begins.

If you prefer rooting from cuttings in lieu of seeds, fall is the best time to take root cuttings from Oriental poppies, as is the case for most herbaceous plants. Fall is the time when they have finished flowering for the year and are beginning to become dormant.

For larger, fully mature plants, you can dig the plant up to find rooted tubers. These can be separated and saved to replant. If only one root ball has formed, cut the fleshy root into lengths of one to two inches and lay on top of potting compost, cover with a thin layer of compost and maintain moist soil conditions. Try not to disturb the process and you will be surprised to see plants starting to develop roots within a couple of weeks. When you see green shoots springing up, you will know that your propagation efforts have been a success.

Oriental Poppies don't just grow in the Orient. Gardeners around the world love to include these wonderfully showy varieties in landscaping schemes of every venue. With the large choices of Oriental Poppies to choose from, every gardener can get what they need and want to complete their plantings.

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