Poppies bloomed without petals

Asked May 29, 2020, 6:01 PM EDT

With apologies if this is a repeat, I did not get a confirmation or response to my first inquiry. My red oriental poppies have bloomed beautifully for over 20 years, but this year, about half of them opened with no petals. Please advise. Thank you.

Multnomah County Oregon

1 Response

Thank you for your question. Here is the answer I sent you 5 days ago:

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.