meadow with red, black spotted papaver commutatum, ladybird poppies and white flowers

Discovering how to grow poppy plants correctly, by following the right chain of activities right from the start, will prevent many unnecessary mistakes. Grow poppy blossoms successfully on your indoor or outdoor garden.

Poppy Plant

The poppy plant is regarded as an early summer bloomer with petals that feel like soft tissue paper. They may be grown to approximately 3-5 feet in height and blossom in many different shades of colors ranging from pure white to a mixture of pinkish red.

Choose the Best poppy

Go to your local nurseries, or even online, to look for plants during the start of the spring or early summer months. It’s ideal to buy poppies which are in six inch to a gallon containers.

Make certain that you select the healthiest looking kinds. You can do this by inspecting them for new growth from the leaves as well as the flower buds.

After you’ve purchased your selection of plants you’ll have to proceed to another step of planting them in your own garden.

The area you will decide to plant them will have to be exposed to lots of natural sunlight and in well-drained soil. You’ll have to dig a hole for each plant and prepare the hole for planting by drizzle a small amount of organic fertilizer into every one of them.

Carefully take the plants from the pots and plant them in the holes no deeper than they were growing in their original containers. To ensure there is sufficient space for expansion set the poppies approximately 14-20 inches apart from one another.

Now add about 2-3 inches of organic mulch around the outside of the plants making sure to not include too much directly on top of them. Just like any other flower you’ll have to water the soil until it’s thoroughly and completely damp.


The next set of activities in caring for your freshly planted poppies is to deadhead flowers, by trimming off the spent flowers so they can replicate, or leave them alone for a time period so that they can self-seed. Trim old stems back to the floor during the months in the midst of summer, when plants normally die back, using garden shears or pruners.

Follow up by including a little application of organic fertilizer to the peak of the soil in the spring months. Then mulch around but not on top of the poppy plants with about four inches of organic mulch. Continue to regularly water them on a weekly basis until the soil is totally damp. This is particularly important during hot summers when there is minimum rain fall. To be sure they don’t bend or sag over when developing stake or encourage them with a wooden rod or rod.


If you observe these set of activities for growing poppy crops it will make certain you’ve got healthy flowers in the end of the season. Learning how to grow poppy plants is fun and enjoyable for everybody. Anybody can grow poppy flowers in the comfort of their own home.