Poppies Suddenly Turn Brown And Do Not Bloom

Question From: OREGON
Q: We had a thriving patch of poppies for several years and then one day the pods and leaves just turned down browned, and died as if they'd been poisoned, which is what we suspect. That was 3 years ago. Since then, they come on strong and look like they're going to bloom only to turn down, brown, and not bloom out. The leaves and stems of the plants look healthy and stay green and growing. Does this sound like a possible poisoning to you and if so, what could we do?

A: If it were poison the entire plant would die. Sounds like a water issue to me. While they are considered to be drought tolerant they need about an inch of water a week. Deep watering, rather than light sprinkling is preferred. Best And Happy Yardening, Nancy.