6 Reasons Poppies Should Be Part of Your Home Decor

Poppies are an ancient flower with incredible symbolism and history across cultures and civilizations. The red poppy is particularly symbolic, but there are also orange and yellow poppies that bloom during poppy season each year.

The ancient Greeks and Romans used poppies to symbolize sleep and death.

Many European countries and Canada wear poppies on Remembrance Day to honor fallen soldiers from World War I.

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And today, poppies are a bright and beautiful reminder of how lovely and precious life is.

What a wonderful way to decorate your home – honor, remembrance, rest, and the preciousness of life.

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The poppy, also known by its scientific name Papaver, is a perfect addition to any home decor for several reasons.

  1. Poppies are drought resistant

Poppies are drought resistant

Poppies are a popular coneflower for a reason. They do not require a ton of water and care to thrive, which makes them an ideal indoor plant. They also bloom for months at a time, offering plenty of fresh flower life in your indoor pots.

  1. Poppies grow well from seeds

Poppies grow well from seeds

In fall, winter, or even early spring, you can plant poppy seeds in a pot in your home where they can grow through the colder months and germinate during the thaw cycles. If you keep your soil bed moist and keep your pot near a natural light source, you can expect your flowers to bloom anywhere from a week to a month after seed planting. What a wonderful way to grow flowers indoors!

  1. Poppies do not require direct sunlight

Poppies do not require direct sunlight

Poppies don’t have to take up all your windowsill space either. As long as you place them near a light source, poppies will thrive in your home. This means if you have other flowers on your sill, or don’t have a sill, poppies can still bring color and energy into your home.

Poppies Can Be Good for Your Feng Shui Flow

Poppies Can Be Good for Your Feng Shui Flow

If you’re looking to bring more flow of energy and balance into your home, poppies are the way to go. Bright, vibrant, and rich, poppies are incredible for feng shui flow.

The orange and red hues of these flowers strike the perfect tone of abundance, fertility, and fiery energy in a home, speaking to the vitality of life among the people who inhabit the space.

And you don’t have to have live poppies if you’re worried about keeping fresh plants alive. You can have fake poppy plants or even pictures of poppies on your walls!

Striking the right balance between calm and hypnotic energy and liveliness and vitality, poppies are the plant to have in your home for flowing feng shui, whether your poppies are alive or artificial.

Poppy Plants Are Easy to Grow and Maintain Any Time of the Year

Poppy Plants Are Easy to Grow and Maintain Any Time of the Year

As noted above, you don’t have to wait for spring. You can grow poppies pretty much any time of the year, under the right conditions. Follow these tips for the best poppy results.

  • Plant your seeds when some frost is still possible.
  • Make sure you offer natural light, direct or indirect.
  • Sow your seeds on the surface of the soil, or barely covered.
  • Keep your soil moist.

And then get out of the way! Poppies will grow with abandon on their own from there.

How Do Poppies Grow Indoors?

How Do Poppies Grow Indoors

To make sure you get the best results indoors, be sure your poppies are in the right sized pot – any medium sized container is perfect.

Be sure your container has drainage hole for regular watering and keeping soil moist. Afternoon shade is ideal in warmer regions, so you don’t overheat your poppies.

Deadhead your poppies regularly, pinching off old flowers, to encourage more growth.

What Kind of Soil Do Poppies Need to Grow Indoors?

What Kind of Soil Do Poppies Need to Grow Indoors

Indoor plants require a bit more care than outdoor plants as they don’t get the same access to direct sunlight, filtered sun through trees and bushes, rain, and outdoor fresh air.

Thus, you need to be sure you provide a nutrient rich soil, including compost or flower food in your pot.

Poppies require good drainage and do not like heavy soils, so keep them in a pot with plenty of holes and be sure not to overwater.

Once your poppies have established themselves, they pretty much take care of themselves except for regular watering.

How Much Water Do Poppies Need?

How Much Water Do Poppies Need

Watering poppies, just like with any plant, will become an intuitive practice in your home. You will learn to feel your soil and understand when it is time to water the flowers.

You will also learn the routine your poppies favor; perhaps weekly or even biweekly will best suit your poppies.

Be sure you apply water only to the soil and avoid the leaves.

Poppy Plants Are Relatively Inexpensive

Poppy Plants Are Relatively Inexpensive

Another reason poppies are great for growing indoors is how inexpensive they are, either as seeds, seedlings, or flowers.

You can purchase your own seed packets here.

This package offers 20,000 seeds, giving you plenty of chances to get your poppies up and running in time for blooming season.

If you want to plant already-grown flowers, check out your local nursery or even hardware store during spring and you’re bound to find a variety of options to choose from.

Poppy Decorating Ideas Are Nearly Endless

Poppy Decorating Ideas Are Nearly Endless

Because of their flexibility in terms of high or low sunlight, you can place poppies virtually anywhere in your home, and you have a ton of options for decorating around them.

Wall murals come in an endless variety of options, allowing you to add poppies to the background of your home, mimicking the live plants and bringing pop and pizazz to the room.

Red furniture like a red couch, chair, or bedspread will bring out the color of your poppy plant, adding fiery energy to the space.

Paintings allow you to have the color and size poppy you want to bring color and life to a room.

Red Accents let you sprinkle the space around your poppy plant with red pillows, red knickknacks, or even red curtains, bringing more subtle color and energy to your live plant.

Artificial Poppy Plants Often Look Just Like the Real Thing

Artificial Poppy Plants Often Look Just Like the Real Thing

And if you’re not comfortable with live plants, get some fake poppies and call it a day!

They provide the same energy and vitality, and you can decorate around them in the same way you would with live plants.

In the end, poppies are a versatile and lively plant to have in your home. Growing poppies indoors or using artificial plants brings a whole new energy into your space that you will be grateful to have each time you look around your humble abode.

How about you? Do you have poppies in your home? Do you have any tips for growing them or keeping them alive?

Let me know in the comments below!

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