On the subject of Propagating
When making cuttings, carry dug-up plants like oriental poppies as a cat would carry a kitten, ie by the scruff of the neck. It's more important to protect the precious undercarriage than the replaceable foliage.
A pot with root cuttings should not be patted down and neatened and covered with finger marks. It should look as though it has just dropped from the sky.