Poppies

mszajmszaj Posts: 7
My ornamental poppy has finished flowering. What do I do with it now?
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  • HouseFinchHouseFinch British Columbia, Canada (Zone 5)Posts: 268
    You could wait for the seed heads to rattle, then collect the seeds for many, many more beautiful blooms next year :)
  • LynLyn DevonPosts: 14,282
    Depends which Poppy it is, the giant flowering perennials are sterile, you have to take root cuttings for propagation, you can leave the heads on if you like them, they add interest to you garden.  
    Gardening on the wild, windy west side of Dartmoor. 

  • PosyPosy Posts: 1,618
    Oriental poppies are not sterile but they don't always come true.
  • mszajmszaj Posts: 7
    Thanks. When do I cut them right back. They are giant ones. 
  • mszajmszaj Posts: 7
    I’m new to this game and really getting into it just a bit of a novice. 
  • PosyPosy Posts: 1,618
    Once the leaves have pretty well died you can cut them down to about 3 or 4 inches. But if you want seeds you have to leave the pod on the plant until it is ripe. You can tell because the seeds will shake out like a pepper pot.
    There's SO much to enjoy in a garden - good luck for your future as a gardener!
  • mszajmszaj Posts: 7
    Thank you. Really appreciate the advice. 
  • nutcutletnutcutlet PeterboroughPosts: 26,041
    I'm not sure we have the right ID for these. They may be Oriental but they may be somniferum. Both could be described as ornamental and are tall
  • LynLyn DevonPosts: 14,282
    mszaj said:
    Thanks. When do I cut them right back. They are giant ones. 
    Whichever ones I have, they are root cuttings only. 
    Gardening on the wild, windy west side of Dartmoor. 

  • mszajmszaj Posts: 7

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