How to Protect Poppy, Iceland

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Iceland poppy also goes by the names Arctic Poppy and Papaver nudicaule. It is a perennial that is native to the northern parts of North America and Asia. It grows in full sun, achieving heights of 24 inches. Every year between late spring and mid-summer, blooms in orange, bright yellow or white appear. The plant doesn't handle heat well but is hardy enough to survive harsh winters.

Step 1

Avoid planting Iceland poppies in hot spots because they can wither and die in the heat. If you live in a hot climate, expect them to be annuals instead of perennials because they may only last one season.

Step 2

Buy mulch from a garden store or nursery. Add at least 1 inch of it to the soil to retain moisture and keep the ground cool during the hot summer months. This will help the plant survive.

Step 3

Water the plant occasionally during the dry spells at the beginning of the season. This will help the roots retain moisture.

Step 4

Replenish the mulch after a couple of months if you notice that it has started to decompose. Fresh mulch will better retain the cool moisture.

Step 5

Mulch oriental poppies in the winter time, no matter what climate you live in. Spread 1 to 2 inches of mulch around the plant. It does not need to be removed in the spring because the leaves will cover it.

Things You'll Need

  • Water
  • Mulch


Keywords: Iceland poppy, Arctic Poppy, Papaver nudicaule

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