Poppies in the Southwest

Poppies in the Southwest

Poppies in the Southwest. Poppies can do very well in the desert southwest particularly during the early spring and fall months. They will have a hard time blooming and surviving during the mid-summer heat.

They grow to about 1ft. tall and almost every color in the rainbow. They do have a short lifespan and will normally die off when temps exceed 90 ° Fahrenheit.

They are considered tender perennials in and around the Southwest, so it is best to remove and replace them with heat-tolerant blooming plants. Poppies propagate when the plant dies back and the seeds fall into the ground.

The Iceland poppy is one variety that does particularly well during the spring seasons.

Poppies in the Southwest
Iceland poppies – Image by Hans Braxmeier from Pixabay


The Care of Poppies

Poppies are hardy in USDA zone 4, 3, 2, and 8a. They like good loamy drained soil and a-lot less water than most people think. Light watering about twice per week should be ok.

Deadhead when bloom dies off or leave them on if you want them to seed naturally.

Color Your World Nursery in Las Cruces, NM will always have this plant during the early and mid-spring seasons.

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Ranunculus Plants. You’ll like these for the spring season in almost any zone.

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