How to Grow Poppies
Poppies hold a special place in Kiwis hearts and gardens. Not only are they a beautiful, proud standing flower, they are also a strong reminder of the fallen soldiers at Gallipoli and throughout WWI and WWII. Each April, we pin them to our shirts and spend time remembering.
Poppies are a lovely addition to your garden, whether you choose a traditional red and black Flanders poppy, or a frilly pink or blue peony poppy. They will happily grow in among vegetables or other flowers, and can bring a great pop of colour throughout winter and spring. If you’d like to give poppy growing a go, view our top tips below:
Our Top Poppy Planting Tips
- Poppies prefer a site with well-drained soil and full sun and look fantastic growing en masse.
- It’s so easy to sow poppy seeds, simply sprinkle and walk away! The sunlight germinates the seeds so they do not need to be raked into the soil.
- You could also sow them in pots, or start them in trays of seed-raising mix and plant them out as seedlings in spring.
- Feed your plants in early spring with a controlled-release fertiliser, such as Yates All Purpose Plant Food.
- Once they’re flowering, you can feed them with a liquid fertiliser, such as Yates Thirve Roses and Flowers Natural Fish and Seaweed.
- Poppies will self-seed easily so you should get another display each spring.