About Poppy Great Red
These are spectacular classic red Poppies that display 8 inch flowers with black centers and tissue paper petals. According to Rutgers University, Poppies are rarely damaged by deer. Poppy Great Red remind us of this thought provoking World War 1 poem that begins:
Poppy Great Red
Planting and Growing Poppy Papaver
Make sure your Poppy Papaver “harden off” to cool nights and windy conditions before planting. This requires leaving them outside in a protected area for a few days otherwise, they may wilt after planting. Choose an area that is mostly sunny. Prepare your planting hole by turning the soil at least a shovel size deep and wide and be sure the hole is filled with plenty of organic matter for best results. Remove your plant from its pack and gently loosen the root ball. Plant deep enough to cover the top of the root ball. Press down firmly on the soil and then water it in. Consider fertilizing once or twice a season. You can mulch if you like but not too close to the plant to avoid rot.