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What kind of poppies are they? If you want a cottage garden then many plants will bend down if they have heavy flowers - they're not all straight and regimented like soldiers. Informality is the norm.
I use those plant supports that you can clip together. They work wonders until the cat decides to join in. Dont give up because poopies are beautiful.
Large (oriental) poppies do tend to be unusually floppy. Mine are sprawling all over the place. I noticed some big red ones in Monty's Jewel Garden on GW last night - they were standing up, well behaved - surprising really. I don't know how he achieved that. Maybe he has a taught mesh over his garden for plants to grow through.If you try to tie one up it will look very unnatural, and worst than it is. Trying to move one of those stems may well snap it at the base. Best left alone, IMO.
If they are oriental poppies they will need some kind of support . We are fortunate to live near woodland and I pick up twigs and bits and bobs to use as stakes as I think it gives a more natural feel to the garden. Just a thought.
Everyone thinks gardening is about what you grow, but its not. It's how you manage to stop things over growing! Correct pruning, feeding, soil conditions and support will assist a gardener in this epic task.
Try growing the poppy with a more rigid / woody shrub to give it some support . You can make some support with thick wire ,just shape it into a circle and leave enough length to bend to a 90 degree angle and push these two ends into the soil . Enjoy your poppy .
My daughter just lifted hers and gave it to me.It has just started fall growth,about 6".
Will it be ok to take starter roots off for more at this time ?
If its an oriental poppy, now is the ideal time to take root cuttings.....or it may split easily into "irishmans cuttings" a bit of shoot with a bit of root already attached.