Papaver (or Oriental Poppies) are hardy and can tolerate winter temperatures down to -20°C. This means you can plant them directly outside in pots or borders in spring or autumn. Always plant Papaver bare roots as soon as possible on arrival, ideally within a few days of delivery.
— 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