|Latin name:||Papaver orientale ‘Türkenlouis’|
|Guarantee:||6 months growth and flowering guarantee|
|Preferred location:||Sun, Half shadow|
|Leafs all year:||No|
|Flowering:||May - July|
|Growing Height:||60 - 80 cm|
|Planting distance:||30 - 40 cm|
Plant the Papaver orientale ‘Türkenlouis’ in the garden as soon as possible after delivery. Prepare a large planting hole and loosen the soil well. Improve poor garden soil by adding compost and cow manure fertiliser pellets. Heavy soils can be improved by adding some sharp sand. Place the root ball of the poppy at the correct depth in the planting hole, which means that 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 orientale ‘Türkenlouis’ grows and flowers best in loose, well-drained soil in full sun.
Papaver orientale ‘Türkenlouis’ in borders
Thanks to its large and brightly coloured flowers, the Papaver orientale ‘Türkenlouis’ is a real eye-catcher in the garden border in early summer. Oriental poppies go together exceptionally well with bearded irises (Iris Germanica group) and lupins. Plant a few late-flowering plants, such as the Greek malva (Sidalcea) or bee balm (Monarda), together with the poppies. Also look great planted in a rock garden.
Make sure to water the Papaver orientale ‘Türkenlouis’ more often during dry periods, but not too much, as it does not tolerate waterlogged soil very well. Remove faded flower stems completely in order to encourage more abundant flowering. This poppy flowers until July and a few flowers may even appear in late summer. In late summer, the stems above the ground die. Cut away all scraggly leaves at this time and new leaves will grow from the roots. Cover the plants in winter with a layer of fallen leaves. In the spring, cut away all dead leaves from the plants. New shoots will soon appear above the ground. This poppy should not be replanted.
The flowers of the Papaver orientale ‘Türkenlouis’ are very large and have a striking red colour. The petals are highly fringed along the edges with, in the centre, black spots and a ring full of dark-coloured stamens. Both the leaves and stems are slightly hairy. The clump will increase each year and produce even more flowers. The Dutch name for this plant is ‘Oriental poppy'.