Why no poppies this year?

topmatt
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Why no poppies this year?

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Hi! Last year our cottage garden meadow had loads of red poppies - which we expected would self seed for this year too.

However, this year we have plenty of daisies (see pictures) but no poppies.

So, I’m wondering why the poppies haven’t come back?
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Re: Why no poppies this year?

Post by Steve Pollard »

topmatt - The poppy is an annual plant of arable land, and requires a certain amount of soil disturbance to allow the seeds to germinate each year. Oxeye daisies are perennial grassland plants and do not require any such disturbance, as they survive from year to year.
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Re: Why no poppies this year?

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Thank you Steve.
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