These bright red, beautiful flowers are symbolic and their image is used for remembrance of the many fallen soldiers who have died in war. Aside from this representation, poppies are quite a favourite amongst many of us, and seeing them pop up in traditional country garden settings, or in wild meadows is a real treat.
If you love poppies, you might be considering growing some in your own garden. They can be seen in wild areas, but why leave it to chance as to whether or not you will see one? If you love them, grow them and secure your ability to view them!
Many types of poppies are uncomplicated to grow and there are many to choose from, all differing in colour, shape and size. Some poppy hybrids have been bred to bloom for longer than traditional poppies, and to bloom again once the first ’round’ have died off.
So the first flowers bloom in June, with each bloom lasting well over 2 weeks, then a second round of flowers come again from July to September. They come in all kinds of colours, including striking brights of orange and purple.
You can also get tall poppies called Medallions, Oriental Poppies, Cornfield Poppies, Blue Meconopsis and Shirley Poppies – the list really is endless.
Where To Grow Them
Poppies are notorious for letting us know where they want to grow. We might plant them in a certain desirable spot in the garden and they come up weedy, but the ones you never planted continue to spring up again and again with gorgeous blooms through the crack in the paving on the drive.
Try to pay attention to where the poppies are thriving and replicate those conditions.
You will want to plant perennial poppies in the garden at the beginning of spring when there’s still a chance of frost. It is not recommended that you start poppies off indoors before moving them to a permanent position – they don’t enjoy this and tend to die off.
In your chosen planting spot, sow the seeds on the surface of the soil around 6 inches apart. Barely cover the seeds with soil. Keep them well watered when the weather is hot and do not fertilise them.
Some varieties of poppy may need to be planted in autumn or even winter, depending on their needs. They may also need specific garden conditions like a sunny spot or plenty of shade. Take care to check the needs of the poppy before planting it to ensure you have the best environment to grow it in.
It is also worth noting that sometimes poppies just won’t take, and there’s no real reason for that. If you’re adding them to a wildflower area, they can sometimes take better when scattered with other wildflower seeds.