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Oriental Poppy Checkers
Oriental Poppy Checkers

Oriental Poppy 'Checkers'

A show-stopping garden beauty with silky smooth blooms.
Plant In Sunshine
Winter Hardy
Cut Flower
Easy To Grow
Wildlife Friendly
  • A classic, cottage garden flower for a traditional and eye-catching look.
  • Flowering in early summer with it silky white and black blotched petals.
  • They retain their majestic seedpods, leave them on all winter for added interest
  • Gorgeous thick foliage with a bristly texture contrasting effortlessly against the blooms.
  • Supplied as 3 x established plants in 9cm pots, ready to pot on or plant out.
3 x 9cm Pot - Item: 560862
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Product Description

An iconic, cottage garden flower, but with origins far away, the classic large flowered oriental poppy with its characteristic black blotch in the centre is followed by statuesque seed heads that add longer season interest.

'Checkers' is a beautiful variety of Oriental Poppy, with their soft white, silk like petals that have a contrasting black cross at the base. Standing tall on top of their sturdy stems, the thick foliage has a bristly texture to it that provides a stunning backdrop to these gorgeous blooms.

A real low maintenance, easy plant to grow, these poppies make a bold statement when planted as a group or as individual specimens. 'Checkers' is a very tough, hardy, and robust perennial, the Oriental Poppy dies back underground each winter, and emerges bigger and better for years to come.

Supplied as 3 x established plants in 9cm pots, ready to pot on or plant out.

What Is Supplied

Item 560862 supplied as:
Supplied as 3 x established plants in 9cm pots, ready to pot on or plant out.

Plant Information

Top Tips

Untidy leaves can be cut back after flowering to stimulate now, fresh foliage.

Care Guide

Planting Advice:

  • Best planted in a well-drained soil in full sun, Oriental Poppies can sprawl, so do appreciate a little support from other plants or stakes.
  • Well-drained soil is essential and add plenty of humus to poor soils to retain moisture. Remember to allow plenty of room for growth as these poppies may reach a metre or so in height.
  • Plant in a sheltered site to prevent wind damage to the blooms.
  • Water your potted plant well.
  • Dig a hole a little deeper and 3 x wider than the nursery pot.
  • Add a soil conditioner such as well-rotted manure to the earth removed from the hole if necessary.
  • Remove the plant from its pot and tease out a few of the roots.
  • Dig a planting hole and sprinkle mycorrhizal fungi (Root grow) into the base.
  • Place your plant in the hole at the same level at the pot.
  • Refill the hole with the earth removed (backfilling).
  • Firm in the soil with your heel, avoiding the root ball.
  • Water well and mulch around the base of the plant with a collar, compost, gravel, bark etc.

Aftercare Advice:

  • Keep newly planted poppies well-watered until established.
  • Give plants a dressing of fish blood and bone in the autumn.
  • Provide support before the flowers appear.
  • Mulch with well-rotted manure or compost in autumn and keep well-watered.

Pruning Advice:

  • Cut back to ground level after flowering. Lift and divide large clumps in autumn.
  • If cut back after flowering, they may even produce a second flush.
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Oriental Poppy 'Checkers'
Oriental Poppy 'Checkers'
3 x 9cm Pot
Item: 560862
Only £9.99