Growing Poppies in a Container
Poppies are a beautiful flower to have in your garden and can create a stunning show with its bright petals.
Can you grow poppies in a pot? The answer is yes, although there are a few important things to consider first.
What Kind of Container?
You’ll need to get the right size of container for your poppies. A pot with good drainage is essential, as poppies don’t like to sit in wet soil.
If you’re starting from scratch a 12-inch (30cm) container should give enough space for a single poppy and you can increase the size for larger varieties or multiple plants.
Soil and Position Requirements
Poppies will need a light, well draining potting soil, such as a mix of compost and sand. You should also make sure the container is placed in a sunny spot that receives at least six hours of direct sunlight a day.
Poppies are perennial plants, meaning they’ll come back each year in the right conditions.
In cold climates it’s best to bring the pot indoors over winter and keep it in a cool, dry location. Even in more temperate climates you can help make sure your poppies are healthy and happy by giving them some extra care during winter.
Tips for Growing Poppies in Containers
- Choose a pot with good drainage.
- Make sure the soil is light and well draining.
- Locate in a sunny spot.
- Bring indoors in cold winters.
With the correct care and container, growing poppies in a pot isn’t hard and they can add some wonderful color to your garden, patio or balcony.