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Q.Poppies Mistaken For Dandelions, Will They Survive?

Zone 50643 | Anonymous added on April 30, 2022 | Answered

While pulling dandelions, someone mistook my bed of poppies for dandelions. This just happened, in late April, before the plants had any buds or flowers, but had a healthy crop of leaves coming up. There were about 4 pounds of leaves and about an inch at the root from below the dirt. I planted the little bit of the root at the end of the leaves of the 20 or 30 plants that were pulled. What else can I do? Any fertilizer or feed that could help them? I honestly don’t expect them to survive. The poppies have been there for 40 years, but every plant was severed an inch below the leaves. Will the deep roots survive? Will I lose my poppies?

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Answered on May 2, 2022

Even if they don't regrow this year, I'll bet they will come back next year. They have a long taproot that restores itself. I would just care for them as you usually do.


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