Poppy problem

Asked May 24, 2020, 1:48 PM EDT

I Have enjoyed a yearly bloom from big beautiful deep red poppies for over 25 years with no issues. This year, about half bloomed as usual, but the others opened up with no, or badly mangled petals. What happened and is there anything I can do to ensure a healthy bloom next year?

Multnomah County Oregon

1 Response

Thank you for your question. Here is an answer Extension provided to a similar one: https://hortnews.extension.iastate.edu/faq/flower-buds-form-my-peonies-dont-open-why

I am uncertain which species of poppy you have, but some do not like to be disturbed, while others need to be divided in August or September, and the number and quality of blooms decreases once they are competing with each other underground.