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How to Grow Mexican Tulip Poppy

Mexican tulip poppy is a 2-foot-tall plant with yellow flowers that bloom in summer.

1. Cut off old flowers with scissors or bypass pruners.

2. Look for plants at nurseries year-round.

3. Plant Mexican tulip poppy in full sun in well-drained soil.

4. Add a light application of organic fertilizer to the planting hole.

5. Buy Mexican tulip poppy in 4-inch to 1-gallon containers.

6. Trim back tattered foliage in spring using bypass pruners.

7. Choose healthy-looking plants with signs of new growth in leaves and flower buds.

8. Place the plants no deeper than they were growing in the containers.

9. Buy seed for the plant year-round at nurseries and through mail-order catalogs.

10. Set the plants 6 inches apart.

11. Mulch around but not on top of the plants with 3 inches of organic compost.

12. Water well until soil is completely moist.

13. Plant seeds in spring after last frost just where you want them to grow in the garden; follow seed packet directions.