Just recently with all this warm, sunny weather my lovely Red Poppies have bloomed. They are really lovely, however only a few hours later the petals fall off. Anyone out there with any ideas? Is it the heat that is causing the petals to fall off so soon?


  • Alina WAlina W Posts: 1,445

    Poppy flowers usually only last a day or so if we're talking about annual poppies so yes, extra heat will make them go over faster. There's nothing that you can really do about it.

  • Thank you Alina, there are more to bloom and it's a pity. I've just collected some of the petals which are now in the compost!! Might as well enjoy the bloom's while they last.

  • WelshonionWelshonion Posts: 3,115

    You may get nice seed heads, depending on the variety.

  • what do you do with the seed heads

  • Poppy GirlPoppy Girl Posts: 36

    I leave my seed heads until they go brown and then collect some of the seeds (the others I leave to drop and self seed direct from the mother plant.  The seeds I collect I scatter where I want next years poppies to grow.  That is literally all I do and every year I get so many poppies growing that I have to thin them out. 

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