How to Winterize Oriental Poppy

Oriental Poppies in bloom. image by Amanda B.H. Slater,


Oriental poppies are not only a beautiful perennial to add to your garden, but they are also very easy to take care of. These hardy flowers have a lovely bloom, with thin paper like petals, but even after the flowers have gone, they will provide interest in the form of the seedpods. Hardy from zones 2 to 9, oriental poppies will grow just about anywhere in the U.S. which means they have to be properly prepared for winter as well. However, winterizing oriental poppies is just as easy as growing them.

Step 1

Cut back the water you give your oriental poppies while they are dormant in the summer. Water only once every two weeks to once a month. When new growth appears in the fall, continue to water in this manner.

Step 2

Leave all new growth on the oriental poppy. Cut off any dried stems if you desire.

Step 3

Fertilize the ground around the oriental poppies in the fall. Add a layer of compost or manure and work it into the ground.

Step 4

Apply a 4-inch layer of mulch to the oriental poppies once the ground has frozen.

Step 5

Avoid watering your oriental poppies until the ground has thawed.

Tips and Warnings

  • Do not over water the oriental poppy in the fall. The lack of water helps it prepare for winter.

Things You'll Need

  • Water
  • Mulch


  • White Flower Farm: Growing Oriental Poppies

Who Can Help

  • Preparing Perennials for Winter
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About this Author

Hollan Johnson is a freelance writer and contributing editor for many online publications. She has been writing professionally since 2008 and her interests are travel, gardening, sewing and Mac computers. Prior to freelance writing, Johnson taught English in Japan. She has a Bachelor of Arts in linguistics from the University of Las Vegas, Nevada.

Photo by: Amanda B.H. Slater,