Oriental Poppy Collection (Papaver)
DetailsOriental poppies wake up our early summer gardens with eye-popping color. Our collection includes 3 each of 3 of our top varieties, for a total of 9 plants. ‘Brilliant’ features huge scarlet-orange flowers. ‘Royal Wedding’ with its striking double blooms are perfect with the purples and blues of Salvia. ‘Beauty of Livermere’ has abundant deep-red blooms. All plants will enhance a perennial bed with big color and style. Sun-loving, plant Oriental poppies with other perennials so that when they die back after flowering, their fading foliage is hidden, or plant annuals in their place. Come fall they will re-appear. 32-36" tall x 24" wide.
*Does not include planting map
|Botanical Name||Oriental Poppy Collection (Papaver)|
|Zones||3, 4, 5, 6, 7|
|Light Requirements||Full Sun|
|Flower Color||Red, Orange, White|
|Mature Height||32-36" tall|
|Mature Spread||24" wide|
|Bloom Time||Late spring to early summer|
|Planting Time||Spring / Summer, Fall|
|Soil Type||Sandy Soil, Average Soil, Low Fertility Soil|
|Amount of Rain||Less than 10" (with irrigation), 20 to 30", 30 to 40"|
|Advantages||Deer Resistant, Attract Butterflies, Rabbit Resistant, Easy to grow, Good for Cut Flowers|
|Ideal Region||Northeast, Southeast, Midwest, Southwest, West, Pacific Northwest|
|Neonicotinoid-Free||Yes - Learn More|
|Ships to Hawaii, Alaska & Canada||No|
Soil Preparation: Remember that proper soil preparation is the key to healthy, vigorous blooming perennials. Use Yum Yum Mix and a high quality compost at recommended rates to prepare the soil. Inoculate the plant roots with Plant Success mycorrhizal inoculant. Planting: Plant according to the mature size of the plant. Don’t be tempted to put the plants too close based on their size in the pots. They’ll grow quickly and cover the space shown in the planting map. (Maps included only with Pre-Planned Gardens, not Collections.)
Fertilizing: Once annually in mid-fall, after plants begin to go dormant. Use Yum Yum Mix or Yum Yum Mix Winterizer at recommended rates to improve the soil and provide essential plant nutrients.Use it with high quality compost, mix half and half by volume and spread on top of the soil. Scratch it in lightly and water thoroughly. It is also beneficial to treat the plant roots with Plant Success® mycorrhizal root inoculant if you didn’t do so at planting time. (Inoculation only needs to be done once.)
Mulching: In arid climates mulching is very beneficial. Coarse textured composts, shredded leaves, pine needles and composted bark are all excellent mulch materials. Apply to a depth of 1-2 inches. Replenish annually (or as needed).
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To determine if a plant is sufficiently cold hardy, the USDA created numbered zones indicating winter low temperatures; the lower the zone number the colder the winter.
- If the coldest winter temperature expected in your area is -15°F (zone 5) then any plants rated zones 3-5 will survive the winter temperatures in your area.
- If you live in very warm winter areas (zones 9-11) plants with zones 3-4 ratings are not recommended. The lack of freezing winter temperatures do not provide a time for winter dormancy (rest).
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