Poppy "Orientale mix".
Origin: Southwest Asia .
Special Features: Large thick buds open-up to crepe paper-like salmon-pink blossoms with alluring black interior blotches.
Natural Flowering Period: May - June.
Winter Hardiness Zones: Z3-8.
Growth Habit: Upright.
Foliage: Hairy dissected leaves.
Height with Flowers: 80 cm. Spacing between Plants: 60 cm.
Soil Requirements: Well-drained soils, pH 5.8 - 6.8.
Location: Full sun.
Use: Plant together in the garden with Achillea sibirica "Love Parade", Baptisia australis var. minor and Salvia sclarea "Vatican White".
Specialities: Attractive cut flower candidate - fresh or dried seed capsules.
Cultural Tips: Grams per 1000 Seeds: 0,286. Seeds per Gram: 3500.
Seeding Recommendation: 1 g / 1000 plants. Sowing Rate: 3-4 seeds per cell.
Plug tray recommended size(s): 128 or 288.
Germination: Rapidly germinating, keep seed in constant moisture (not wet) with temperatures of about +20°C. Do not cover the seed but tightly press into the earth. Keep in cooler conditions after germination occurs.
Best Sowing Dates: Anytime Sowing to Germination: 2 - 3 weeks.
Germination to Transplant: 4 - 6 weeks. Transplanting to Salable Plant: 6 - 8 weeks.
Cutting-Back at Transplanting: Not necessary.
Growing On: Container Size(s): 1 plug per 8/9 cm ; 1-2 plugs per 11/12 cm; 2-3 plugs per 15 cm.
Vernalization: There is no current research on vernalization but a prudent recommendation for any perennial would be 6-12 weeks (a few might need 15 weeks!) at an average daily temperature of 5°C. Exposure to cold may not be necessary for flowering but might improve quality.
Forcing: An obvious place to experiment - following vernalization - would be raising daytime temperatures to 15° - 17°C. Provide 16 hours of continuous lighting. During the short days of winter, provide a night interruption lighting of 4 hours between 10:00 p.m. and 2:00 a.m.
Fertilization: Medium (150-200 ppm).
William Jabez Muckley.
Eng.: Oriental poppy. Suom.: Idänunikko. Sven.: Jättevallmo, orientalisk vallmo. Bot. syn.: Papaver bracteatum.