Cultivating gold poppy - Everything about location, soil, watering and fertilizing

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Everyone knows the bright red poppy. But do you also know gold poppy? It blooms vigorously yellow and that without much care.

Gold poppy is very easy to care for

The California Poppy feels most comfortable in hot, full-sun locations. So that he unfolds there his beautiful golden yellow blooms, you should support him with the proper care. Make sure you have a light, sandy soil with good drainage before planting. Then it depends on the right amount of water and fertilizer. Because who makes something wrong here, must expect that the gold poppy does not prosper magnificently.

That's the way the floor should be

Do not just sow, but first take a look at the ground - then you will see if the gold poppy is thriving in your garden. The substrate should be sandy-gritty to sandy-loamy, nutrient-poor and permeable.

Gold poppy also needs plenty of room down, because the roots are up to 30 inches long. If you plant it in the bucket, the vessel should be deep accordingly. Normal potting soil best improves with sand, expanded clay or lava, then it becomes well drained. On the bottom of the pot, a drainage layer is also important. So that the earth does not mix with the drainage, place a water-permeable fleece between the drainage and the substrate.

If you want to prefer young plants in the house (instructions here), then sow from sowing best from February. In September and also from March you can sow the gold poppy directly in the field. Since the plants form long taproots and are difficult to transplant later, it is better if you sow abundantly and thin out the seedlings.

So pour the gold poppy properly

You must water young plants regularly. Later, the normal rain is enough. Only if it is very hot and dry in the summer for a long time, you should refill occasionally. Then only water in the root area. So you spare the delicate petals.

Gold poppy in the bucket, however, you have to water more often. The upper layer of earth should have already dried on that. Then water vigorously and then remove the excess water from the saucer.

Fertilizer only in exceptional cases

The gold poppy usually manages without fertilizer. Only if the soil is very sparse, you should distribute in the spring long-term fertilizer on the earth. Well suited are horn chips or horn meal. About one to two handfuls per square meter are optimal.

Gold poppy in the tub gets some liquid fertilizer once a month. You can also use fertilizer sticks.

Further care measures

You do not have to cut the gold poppy. Always just remove the faded parts.

For self-sowing you can leave some flowers for seed formation. In mild regions, the gold poppy sometimes even develops from the actually annual to the perennial. Then always leave the dead leaves on the plant as winter protection and do not remove it until spring.

Attention: The gold poppy is poisonous. Therefore always wear gloves!

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