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  1. Insect eating plants
  2. I bought 3 oriental poppy plants 2 years ago
  3. Island Poppy Best Zone for Growing
  4. Planting Poppies for Seed Production
  5. Poppy Pest That Cuts Off Buds
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  7. Weeds totally overcame my wildflowers
Asked by nancytrackwell on July 19, 2011
Insect Eating Plants

I have poppies, green beans and petunias that are being eaten by an insect. What can I use to save my plants and not hurt the animals?

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Susan75023

Look closely at the plants and see if you can find insects. If not, it is probably grasshoppers. They come and go leaving their damage. I don't use pesticides so have learned to think leaves with holes in them are pretty. :-} I handpick larger insects actually on plants and squish their eggs. I want butterflies and bees so am willing to do this.

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Asked by SUSANMUMMYSUE on June 24, 2012
I Bought 3 Oriental Poppy Plants 2 Years Ago

It is only this year that I have one nice bud, but it dosen’t look as though it is going to open. Should I give it a helping hand?

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Nikki
Certified GKH Gardening Expert

You may be lacking phosphorus in the soil, which is necessary for blooming. Give the plants some phosphorus-rich fertilizer or add some bone meal to the soil around them and this should improve the flowering.

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Asked by Anonymous on July 23, 2012
Island Poppy Best Zone for Growing

I live near Half Moon Bay and think I live in Zone 10. Is the native plant, the yellow flowering Island Poppy, a plant I should expect to do well in my area, or in another area?

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Nikki
Certified GKH Gardening Expert

Yes, this plant is hardy in zones 8-10.

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Asked by Anonymous on November 18, 2012
Planting Poppies for Seed Production

I would be interested in knowing when we can plant some poppy seeds that we acquired from someone in northern Maine. We will be planting them in the coastal range mountains in California between San Jose and Salinas California.

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Nikki
Certified GKH Gardening Expert
Asked by Anonymous on May 25, 2014
Poppy Pest That Cuts Off Buds

My poppy plant had 12 or 13 buds on the point of blooming. Overnight 6 of their stems have been cut nearly through so that the buds are hanging from a thread. Could this be cutworms? What do they get out of it? They don’t seem to be eating any part of it. How can I control them, preferably without poison?

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Nikki
Certified GKH Gardening Expert

It certainly sounds like cutworms and this article will help: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/plant-problems/pests/insects/get-rid-cutworms.htm

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Asked by mrendulic on August 10, 2014
Poppy

When is the best time to plant poppy seeds? I was told to plant in the fall. I tried but nothing came up! I planted in the spring and the plants were so small with no flowers.

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theficuswrangler

Your going to want to plant seeds in the spring. Poppies are tough once they get going - my mother had a patch beside the driveway that bloomed year after year with absolutely no care - but the sowing of the seeds has to be done in a rather exact way. This article should help you out. https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/ornamental/flowers/poppy/growing-oriental-poppies.htm

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Asked by Andy Franko on September 15, 2014
Weeds Totally Overcame My Wildflowers

Working through a local landscaper we put in a 1/4 acre wild flower garden. The first year we have wonderful poppies, and then some wildflowers into mid summer. The second year we had grasses and weeds taking over, and the third year, even though the landscaper sprayed Round-up 3 times after letting things sprout in the fall and very early spring, the weeds have totally over run the wildflowers. Should we roto-till and rake off roots perhaps? Should we put in top soil? Any suggestions would be appreciated.

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theficuswrangler

A wild flower garden, by definition, is composed of flowers that grow wild in your area - in other words, they are...weeds! Wild flower gardening is gardening in which you let things do what they do, rather than trying to force a preconceived design. This article might give you some more ideas: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/special/spaces/a-wildflower-garden-in-your-backyard.htm

I think I would not use herbicide, because it's probably killing as many of your wild flowers as it kills weeds. Rather, simply pull out some weeds and plant more seeds. If you keep trying different seed mixtures, eventually you'll find those that do well in your spot, and can coexist with the other weeds. You might also try to find someone who's more of a specialist in wildflower plantings; you can also access the county extension service to see what advice they have. This link will help you locate the nearest one:
https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/garden-how-to/info/what-is-extension-service.htm

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