How to plant Papaver

Papaver (or Oriental Poppies) are hardy and can tolerate winter temperatures down to -20C. This means you can plant them directly outside in pots or borders in spring.

— Soak the roots in water for 3-6 hours prior to planting out.

— Plant your oriental poppy bare roots directly into maintained borders or into temporary pots in spring to grow-on outdoors for transplanting later in the season.

— Plant the roots so that they are fully submerged with the crown or buds just below the surface and any top growth exposed.

— Choose a position in borders or containers in full sun or partial shade. If planting in containers, you can use multipurpose or soil-based compost.

— Space the plants 20-30cm apart

— Water-in after planting and keep hydrated when in growth

— Remove stems after flowering, leaving the foliage at the base intact.

Read further general instructions about planting bare-root perennials

Planting instructions