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Flower of the Year: Poppy

Poppy Details

Type: Annual,biannual, or perennial plant
Light: Full sun
Flower: Poppies can grow to over 4ft tall, with flowers up to 6 inches across. They have between 4 to 6 petals, and bloom in various colours including red, yellow, white, orange, pink, and blue. Poppies tend to bloom from spring and early summer. Once blooming finishes, the petals will crumple into the bud before falling off.
Planting:
  • Start seeds outside following the last frost
  • Select an area with full sun, and use light unfertilized soil
  • Scatter seeds at least six inches apart, and on top of loose soil
  • Lightly press seeds into soil, just barely covering the seeds
  • Water often, and always keep the soil slightly moist
  • Allow 20-30 days for germination
  • Care:
  • Water regularly, especially in dry, hot weather
  • Add nutrients to soil if required, with either compost of peat (do not use fertilizer)
  • Deadhead flowers regularly to encourage regrowth
  • Sow seeds in early fall and store for next season
  • Care:
  • Water regularly, especially in dry, hot weather
  • Add nutrients to soil if required, with either compost of peat (do not use fertilizer)
  • Deadhead flowers regularly to encourage regrowth
  • Sow seeds in early fall and store for next season
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