All about the poppy, a wild flower easy to tame

All about the poppy, a wild flower easy to tame

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The poppy or papaver rhoeas is a rustic plant to adopt to give a natural look to his garden. Solo or in marriage with other plants, it gives character to green spaces.

The poppy is the symbol of the French countryside. This annual plant very resistant to the cold is easily sown and forms beautiful light and colorful masses at the beginning of the summer. Marry her with others perennials like the columbines or with shrubs like roses, that they will not interfere. Its only flaw: it is easily reseeded. Our practical tips will help beginner and experienced gardeners to grow poppy with success in their garden and on their terrace.

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Poppy plantation

The poppy sows. Buy seed packs in mixed or monochrome colors. Opt for a sunny area. Spade and roast the soil well before sowing. Add a half of garden soil so that the earth is not too heavy. Sow from March, after the end of the frosts, in the ground. Press the seeds three to 10 cm apart. Cover with fine soil or potting soil and sprinkle with the watering apple. Can also sow in autumn, in September for a flowering in the spring.

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The poppy in pot

The poppy can be sowed in bins or pots on a balcony. It can also adorn hanging pots because it does not need a great deal of soil. Proceed as for planting in the ground.

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Poppy size and maintenance

The poppy do not get caught. If the seeds become wet and begin to travel in the garden, you can pull out after flowering. This will allow you to keep a harmony to your massifs.

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Watering and poppy fertilizer

The poppy, once lifted, did not no need for much watering. It is a frugal plant that can suffer in lands too wet. No fertilizer either for the poppy who appreciates ordinary lands and neutral limestone.

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Diseases and parasites affecting the poppy

The poppy is little affected by diseases and parasites. They may be attacked by aphids and powdery mildew in hot, humid weather. Then you just need a spray of diluted black soap to get rid of it.

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To know about the poppy

The poppy and its red color is associated with the memory of the first world war. Indeed after the end of the war, it had been proposed to distribute red poppies, very present on the embankments of the north and east of France, and raise funds for the families of veterans. Even today, especially in English-speaking countries, a paper poppy is on November 11 in memory.

Poppy varieties to choose

Most brands of seeds offer blends of poppies of different colors. Apart from the classic red poppy, very floriferous, adopt more amazing varieties like the papaver rhoeas 'Bridal Silk' with white petals and blue-green stems or the variety 'Falling in love' with a double blooming soft pink. If you prefer warm colors, opt for the papaver 'Shirley' with double orange or bright red flowers.

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Gardener's tip on the poppy

The poppies or poppy can be resourced very easily and can colonize quickly a zone of massifs. Collect flower stalks just after full bloom to prevent seed dispersal. Keep them for sowing elsewhere next year.