When Do Poppies Bloom

When Do Poppies Bloom?

Excitedly waiting for your poppies to flower? or maybe the display is already over and you are looking forward to next year, either way, you need to know when poppies usually bloom. So let’s have a look and find out.

When Do Poppies Bloom
When Do Poppies Bloom

When Do Poppies Bloom?

Oriental Poppies

Perennial or oriental poppies tend to flower later into the season than annual or wild poppies. Usually, you expect them to start flowering in early spring and sometimes they can flower well into autumn.

Regular deadheading of spent blooms can increase flowering time on most poppies.

Oriental Poppies
Oriental Poppies

Annual Poppies

Annual poppies like the ever-popular Californian poppies tend to flower a little earlier than oriental poppies.

Californian Poppies Growing Wild
Californian Poppies Growing Wild

You can expect them to start flowering around mid-spring and continue well into summer. They will flower for longer with regular deadheading and also do much better if early summer is cool.

Annual poppies are very susceptible to the weather when it comes to their flowering times, if we have a really cold wet spring then flowering may be delayed by a few weeks.

Wild Poppies

If you are looking to visit some stunning wild poppy displays then you will obviously want to do it right when the blooms are in full swing. But when is this for wild poppies in particular?

Usually, you can expect to see will poppies start to appear around June. This will vary depending on whereabouts in the country you are and also the weather that particular year.

A good estimate is mid-June in southern England and late June in northern England and Scotland.

The displays will usually be at their peak in mid to late July, so this is definitely the time to go visit some wild poppy fields if that is something on your gardening bucket list.

Wild Poppy Fields
Wild Poppy Fields