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Oriental poppies.

02 August 2017 16:12:47

!!Yes out of season but need to think about them. I have a few really  big clumps and they do look wonderful when flowering. BUT the foliage;  takes up so much space while growing and flowering  and tends to smother several plants in the area. I cut them right back when flowers are over but all the same think maybe I will remove them. Does anyone have the same problem?  I am loathe to throw them out so will try and find a new spot not in a border. If anyone in the Cork area would like some just say the word and in a month or so come and take  some.

Enjoying myself just walking around making decisions and utterly ignoring the weeds!! There is quite a lot of dividing and moving to do so much growth this year. My long hot border is going to be covered in labels as I am going to make sure I know where everything is, several plants arrived this year that I had forgotten about!!.

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Jacinta D Jacinta D 02 August 2017 19:24:19

I agree that the foliage is very overpowering, especially when the flowers have gone over. I always think I should get rid of mine too and plant something else. But usually it's laziness that stops me.

Gracedieu Lass Gracedieu Lass 02 August 2017 20:28:27

Very difficult to clear them out. I have tried Roundup and still they survive. If you move them you will always leave some of it behind. Nice foliage throughout the winter and the flowers are beautiful.

Gracedieu Lass Gracedieu Lass 03 August 2017 22:39:21

I read in the RHS The Garden magazine that Papaver orientale are suffering from a mystery disease that has downy mildew symptom. The holder of the National Collection has had her collection reduced from 280 to just 40. Cultivars bred after 1950 seems to be the most susceptible, older ones such as, Papaver orientale 'Beauty of Livermere' are still growing strong. 

TheH (Hazel) TheH (Hazel) 04 August 2017 00:32:49

Can't imagine them not "going strong" as you say Mary! I usually lose patience with the messy foliage after the flowers have gone over and yank it out or at least cut it to the ground. It doesn't deter them from coming back! I have two distinctly different groups of them - one lot are very tall and sprawl all over the place while the others are much smaller and tend to keep upright till the flowers are finished.

Jackie Jackie 04 August 2017 19:38:00

Once mine have flowered I generally cut the foliage right back down to the ground. But I also cut off the seed head, even if its not ripe enough, and I store it in the greenhouse until it is and then put the seeds in a brown envelope! They do take over the space around them which can be so annoying, but I wouldnt be without them either!

Elizabeth7 Elizabeth7 04 August 2017 22:36:37

Poppies  10    Elizabeth 0. This was the score when I tried to dig up one of the oriental poppies today. The roots seemed to go down for yards so I gave up!! Maybe able to  pull out bits and pieces of root that may weaken the plant.

Scrubber Scrubber 04 August 2017 22:59:47

Dont overdo the pulling. I speaks as knows!!!! Id just cut down the foliage and enjoy the time they are there but then I was always grateful for anything that grew easily!!!!


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