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Oriental Poppy planting instructions

šŸ“… When to plant Oriental Poppy bulbs

The best time to plant your Oriental Poppies bulbs is in the fall, about 4 to 6 weeks before the first hard frost is expected in your region. This timing allows the bulbs to establish strong roots before the winter sets in, leading to healthier and more robust blooms in the spring.

šŸ“¦ Storing your Oriental Poppy bulbs

If you're unable to plant the bulbs immediately upon arrival, store them in a cool, dry, and well-ventilated place. Avoid exposure to direct sunlight and extreme temperatures. Place the bulbs in a paper bag or a breathable container filled with dry peat moss or vermiculite to keep them from drying out.

šŸŒæ Preparing your garden for planting Oriental Poppy bulbs

Choose a sunny spot in your garden with well-draining soil. Oriental Poppies prefer slightly alkaline soil but are adaptable to various soil types. Clear the area of any weeds, rocks, or debris, and work the soil to a depth of 2-3 inches to ensure the roots can penetrate easily.

šŸŒ± How to plant your Oriental Poppy bulbs

Dig holes for the bulbs to a depth of around 2 to 3 inches. Space the bulbs about 12 to 18 inches apart to allow them enough room to grow and spread. Place the bulbs in the holes with their shoot tips facing upwards and cover them with soil. Water thoroughly after planting to help the roots settle in.

šŸ’§ Watering & caring tips

Oriental Poppies prefer moderate moisture levels, so water them deeply once a week, especially during dry spells. Avoid overwatering, as excessive moisture can lead to rot. Applying a layer of mulch around the plants can help retain soil moisture and keep weeds at bay.

šŸŒø How to keep your Oriental Poppies blooming

After the flowering season, allow the foliage to die back naturally. This process helps the bulbs store energy for the next year's blooms. You can cut back the stems once they have turned brown. Divide and transplant the bulbs every 3 to 4 years to prevent overcrowding and promote better flowering.

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