Double Poppy Info: Learn About Growing Double Flowering Poppies

The double poppy (Papaver somniferum) is one of the most popular annual plants in the garden. It’s easy to grow, produces beautiful blooms, and it makes a great addition to any landscape. The double poppy (also known as the Indian poppy or Chinese poppy) grows from seed pods which contain two seeds each. These seeds germinate when water is added to them.

Once they have sprouted, the plants produce blooms that last several years. They’re easy to care for too!

What Are Peonies?

Peonies are small white flowers with pink centers that bloom from spring through fall. They’re not technically a “flower” per se, but rather a member of the mint family. Many people think of peonies as being associated with France, but they’re actually native to Asia. They were brought to Europe via the Silk Road around 500 B.C., where they became popular in gardens because their delicate petals make them easy to handle and pickle.

How Do You Grow Peonies?

Growing peonies requires little attention other than regular watering and fertilizing. Since they are perennials, they will grow year after year and multiply over time. They thrive in U.S Department of Agriculture plant hardiness zones 3 through 9. When you’re ready to plant the peony, dig a hole in fertile and moist soil two times as wide as the root ball and just as deep. Place the root ball into the hole and refertilize with nitrogen fertilizer. Water the root ball immediately after planting, then fill in the hole. After the first year, you should cut back on water, no longer than one month.

How Do You Take Care Of Peony Flowers?

The best time to trim peony flowers is after they have bloomed but while their leaves are still green. If you find the stalks are damaged or moldy, cut these parts off at the base and remove them right away to prevent any damage from spreading.

How Do You Start Poppy Seeds?

You can start your seeds inside in peat pots or starter plugs about 8 weeks before your last frost. When starting your seeds, place them in a container that has drainage holes and a mix of 50 percent sterile potting soil and 50 percent perlite. Keep the container’s surface moist until the seeds sprout. The peony seeds should sprout within two to three weeks after you put them in the container. Just before putting them in the ground, cut out the peat pot or plug and plant the peony seed directly into your garden.

If you decide to start your seeds outside, you can still use peat pots or starter plugs. To prepare the ground outside for your seeds, you must first turn the soil at least 9 inches deep. Once you’ve tilled the soil, remove any large rocks or debris from the soil then break it up with a rake or hoe. If you’re working in containers, you don’t need to till the soil, just remove the rocks and large debris then break up the soil in your containers.

Once you’ve worked your soil, you can plant your seeds or seedlings.

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