The Temptress Poppies have finally made their official debut in the greenhouse.
Two words. HOLY COW!
All together in a vase, they remind me of a party. Perfect timing since Miss Elora Jane is having a birthday tomorrow :) They will be the perfect table decorations!
Poppies have a reputation for a very short vase life and being prone to wilting. It is true, those traditional gardens Poppies, the type that make the wonderful pods,they are not a worthy cut but these Temptress beauties are supposed to be wildly different.
Over the years I have read nothing but rave reviews about them from other growers around the country. Finally this spring I was able to get my hands on some plants.
So far, I’m totally impressed. Most are sporting a 20-24” stem, the flower heads are HUGE, the colors are amazing and if picked open are still persisting for at least 4-5 days. This week I’ll be doing some more vase life testing to see what can be expected if harvested in bud.
In order to prevent wilting, the stems ends must be seared, either by flame or a dip in boiling water.
One row over I am also growing the San Remo mix as a comparison. We’ll see if they can hold a candle to these whoppers.
Oh and no, I still haven’t cleaned up from Mother’s Day. Have you? Ha!
I think the piles of spent greens on the floor may be starting to compost out there. Oh well, today I get to stay inside and write an article on Narcissus for Growing For Market. A whole afternoon of SITTING, Wahoo!