Gardening Questions And Answers
The brightly colored, 8- to 9-inch-wide flowers appear in May and June, attracting bees and butterflies to the garden. When hot weather arrives, the plants die back until cooler weather arrives. In the fall, new foliage appears and in mild winter climates continues to grow until spring, when the new blossoms develop.
The simplest answer, if you are new to growing oriental poppies, may be that you haven’t yet gotten to their flowering season. Poppies do not like soggy soil, and some gardeners report that overly-rich soil can lead to a lack of flowering. On the other hand, your soil may be lacking nutrients necessary for flowering.
Generally, young puppies need about one-half cup of water every two hours. You’ll want to monitor your puppy to make sure he’s drinking enough . . . and not too much. Older puppies that have already been weaned generally need between one half ounce and one ounce of water per pound of body weight per […]
Common poppy has medicinal uses including as a mild sedative. Poppies are usually insect-pollinated, however, the species is more or less self-fertile and, as the anthers dehisce before the flowers open, self-pollination can occur ahead of cross-pollination. Seed ripens and is shed 3-4 weeks after flowering.
Rhizoctonia Root Rot Midsummer is the time to inspect your poppies for signs of Rhizoctonia root-rot infection (Rhizoctonia solani). This soil-borne fungus penetrates poppy roots, decaying them from firm and white to mushy and black. It may also penetrate the stems, causing dry rot at the soil line.
Powdery mildew fungi target poppies growing in dry, shady spots. Their signature symptom is the white, powdery coating they leave on stems, leaves and blooms. The fungi flourish at temperatures between 60 and 80 degrees F. Protect poppies by giving them full sun and watering from above to wash spores from the leaves.