How to plant poppy anemone bulbs

Updated November 22, 2016

The bright coloured poppy anemone is an easy bulb to grow in sunny, well-draining soil for gardeners in USDA hardiness zones 5 to 10, though in colder climates of zones 5 to 7, the bulbs should be dug up and stored in the fall. With black centres surrounded by broad single petals, the flower resembles a poppy, but the bloom will last much longer in your garden. Poppy anemones are ideal for a slash of colour in containers, or scattered throughout your garden.

Purchase large, firm anemone bulbs and avoid small, mouldy bulbs. In USDA hardiness zones 8 to 10 anemone bulbs should be bought and planted in the fall. Gardeners in zones 5 to 7 can either buy the bulbs in the fall and store them in a cool, dry location over winter for spring planting, or purchase bulbs in the early spring to plant.

Soak your anemone bulbs, sometimes referred to as tubers, in a container of warm water overnight before planting. Anemone bulbs are quite hard, and soaking the bulbs prior to planting will speed up the germination.

Dig a hole, with a hand trowel, that has a depth of two times the width of the anemone bulb, usually approximately 2 to 5 inches for anemones.

Mix a trowel full of bone meal with the soil in the bottom of the dug hole. Bone meal is food for most flower bulbs. Bone meal will add organic phosphorus to the soil, which aids a plant to grow bigger and more flowers. Bone meal is an easy nutrient for flowering bulbs to absorb.

Place your anemone bulb, smooth side down, in the bottom of the dug hole with the bone meal/soil mix. Fill the hole with soil and gently pat down to eliminate any air pockets that may have formed within the soil.

Water your planted poppy anemone bulbs thoroughly after planting. Continue to water your planted poppy anemone bulbs as needed when the soil surface appears dry.


Poppy anemone are ideal as cut flowers because they last a long time. By harvesting the blooms on your poppy anemone you will also extend the plant's bloom time.

Things You'll Need

  • Anemone bulbs
  • Warm water
  • Container
  • Hand trowels
  • Bone meal
  • Water
  • Mulch
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