Long Live the Turgid Stem
by Christine Breen
But the thing about poppies, which one is inclined to forget when one is standing in the garden admiring their pomposity, is that they make frightful cut-flowers. Once cut, they wilt, which is most unsatisfying if not downright depressing.
If you are to have any success with bringing your poppies indoors, and I suggest you try, you must take a flame to their bottoms.
A famous British gardener suggests dipping them for 30 seconds in hot water–just off the boil–advising: Collect cut flowers in the morning when the stems are fully turgid. (Keep your alarm clock and dictionary beside your secateurs!)