Poppy ‘Türkenlouis’ - Plant
As soon as possible after delivery you can plant the Papaver oriëntale ‘Türkenlouis’ in the garden. Prepare a large planting hole and loosen the soil well. Improve poor garden soil by adding compost and granulated cow manure. Heavy soils can be improved by adding some sharp sand. Put the root ball of the poppy at the correct depth in the planting hole. The top of the root ball should be just below the ground level. Fill the hole with soil and press firmly. Water immediately after planting. The Papaver oriëntale ‘Türkenlouis’ grows and flowers well in loose, well-drained soil in full sun.Papaver orientale ‘Türkenlouis’ in the garden border
In the early summer, Papaver oriëntale ‘Türkenlouis’ will be a real eye-catcher in the garden border, thanks to the large and strikingly coloured flowers. Oriental poppies are very pretty in combination with the bearded iris (Iris Germanica-group) and lupins. Plant with some late-flowering plants, such as the Greek malva (Sidalcea) or the bee balm (Monarda). Also very suitable for the rock garden.
The flowers of Papaver oriëntale ‘Türkenlouis’ are very large and a striking red colour. The petals are highly fringed along the edges. In the centre are black spots and a ring full of dark coloured stamens. Both the leaves and the stems are slightly hairy. The clump will increase each year and will produce even more flowers. The Dutch name is ‘Oriental poppy'.
Water Papaver oriëntale ‘Türkenlouis’ more often during dry periods. Although not too much as waterlogged soil is not tolerated. Remove faded flower stems completely to encourage a good flowering. The flowering will continue until July, and often a few flowers appear in late summer. In late summer the stems above the ground die down. Cut the straggly leaves completely away and leaves will once more grow from the roots. Cover the plants in the winter with a layer of fallen leaves. In the spring cut away all the dead leaves. Soon new shoots will appear above the ground. It is best to leave this poppy in the same place.