Oriental Poppy - New Perenial Garden

Asked July 27, 2020, 11:18 AM EDT

I am looking for recommendations for varieties of oriental poppy to plant in a new 20'x30' perennial garden (previously 3 pine-trees in this area). Soil is well-drained, mixed loamy-sand, acidic 5.2- 5.6 pH, 8-9 hr full sun. I have made no amendments to the soil other than tilling 3 year composted maple leaves. I prefer traditional red and orange. I would like a couple varieties with different bloom times. How do I determine a reputable seed dealer? Should I start with seed? Can I plant in the fall? How can I ensure strong stems?

Midland County Michigan

1 Response

I love poppies! We would not recommend any specific company or brand of product. I would ask your gardening friends or check out company reviews. There are so many great colors to choose from. I can share some helpful cultural information with you about Oriental Poppies. I can also mention that the seed needs light to germinate and are planted in the fall.

https://www.uaex.edu/yard-garden/resource-library/plant-week/poppy-oriental-3-1-13.aspx

https://plants.ces.ncsu.edu/plants/papaver-orientale/