How to water

To properly water opium poppy it is good to check the soil. This plant hardly tolerates high humidity and rather prefers a short period of drought. It is recommended to space the waterings for a few days from each other and wait for the substrate to be completely dry from the previous watering. In the event that irrigation is carried out in the presence of a substrate that is still wet, the roots are likely to submerge, causing asphyxiation and consequent rot. It is good to avoid rotting which is one of the primary causes of plant death. The frequency of wetting is therefore variable: it will be more or less close according to the season. Opium does not present particular needs as regards the type of water to be used for its irrigation.

How to take care of it

For a correct opium care it is recommended to place the plant in a sunny or partially shaded place. It is good for opium to enjoy sunlight for at least a few hours a day if its flowering is to be abundant. This plant is quite resistant to bad weather and colder climates so in winter it does not present particular needs. In the event that the season is too rigid it is recommended, however, to shelter the plant until a milder climate arrives. In addition, the opium poppy is capable of self-sowing and therefore, if properly stored from year to year, increasing quantities of flowers will be obtained.

How to fertilize

Fertilizing opium is a rather simple process. This plant is able to adapt to different types of substrates and has the great ability to absorb all the necessary nutrients. Consequently, as far as fertilization is concerned, it is possible to proceed through the use of common fertilizers for plants that contain nitrogen, phosphorus and potassium. Generally, it is fertilized in spring during the planting of the plant. The fertilizer can be diluted directly in the irrigation water. As for the soil, however, opium does not tolerate an acid substrate and it is good to make sure that the latter is neutral or calcareous. Another important precaution useful for the healthy development of the plant is to create a well-drained soil in order to avoid stagnation as much as possible.

Opium: Diseases

Most opium diseases are caused by poor cultivation. To ensure a good flowering it is good that the plant is exposed to the sun, otherwise, you risk completely blocking this process. A possible opium disease is white sickness, a fungus that occurs especially if the plant is grown in a humid environment. The most obvious sign is the appearance of whitish spots on the leaves. If you are faced with such a problem it is good to proceed by cutting and burning the plant in such a way as to prevent the fungus from infesting nearby plants as well. For this type of problem it is good to act as soon as the first indicative signs are noticed. As for the usable products, copper sulphate is recommended, which must be distributed on the affected parts.

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