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Are these poppy plants?

joe.shimminjoe.shimmin Posts: 211
Hi, I have a load of these plants coming up in my veggie patch and I’m quite happy to keep them if they turn out to be a nice flower but will pull them up if not. I thought they might be poppies. Any ideas?


  • Paul B3Paul B3 Posts: 3,062
    Papaver somniferum (Opium poppy)
  • fidgetbonesfidgetbones Posts: 16,678
    Yes, they look like opium poppies. With luc they will be the big fluffy peony flowered ones like pink chiffon.
  • joe.shimminjoe.shimmin Posts: 211
    Thanks for the ID! Maybe i’ll try to transplant some of them to a new flower bed i’ve Made.
  • JennyJJennyJ Posts: 8,818
    I've found they don't transplant well (like other things with tap roots). But you have so many, it won't hurt to try moving a few.
    After they've flowered, leave some seed heads on and shake the seeds around where you want them next year.
    Doncaster, South Yorkshire. Soil type: sandy, well-drained
  • fidgetbonesfidgetbones Posts: 16,678
    They won't transplant at that size. The roots are very brittle.
  • joe.shimminjoe.shimmin Posts: 211
    Yes I already found that out. I moved a few and they all died. I’ve tried again today but left large blocks of soil around the root and just moved some smaller ones. Thanks for all the advice.
  • joe.shimminjoe.shimmin Posts: 211
    The poppies are starting to bloom!

  • Paul B3Paul B3 Posts: 3,062
    ................and very nice too!!
  • BobTheGardenerBobTheGardener Posts: 11,391
    Lucky you, they are doubles! :)
    A trowel in the hand is worth a thousand lost under a bush.
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