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Oriental poppy problem

PennyrsjPennyrsj Posts: 1
edited May 2020 in Problem solving
My oriental poppy looks healthy until the buds begin to open. The stems just under the flower start to ooze a sticky liquid which turns brown and seems to seal off the stem and cause the whole flower to drop off. Any ideas on why this is happening?


  • Loraine3Loraine3 Posts: 573
    My oriental poppy has 2 flower stems about 6 inches long coming from the base with one flower on each.
  • BobTheGardenerBobTheGardener Posts: 11,391
    @Loraine3 That is caused by the cold period during last winter not being long enough.  This can also affect tulips which will produce similar abnormally short stems in such a year.  It may be something which happens more often in the UK as climate change progresses, unfortunately.
    A trowel in the hand is worth a thousand lost under a bush.
  • Loraine3Loraine3 Posts: 573
    Thanks, Bob
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