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How To Grow Poppy From Seed? Know Here

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How do you start poppy seeds?

The best way to grow poppies from seed is to plant them in a sunny location and water them.

Poppy seeds are tiny, round, brownish-black seeds that grow in pods on the poppy plant. They have an earthy flavor and can be used whole or ground into flour.

If you want to grow poppy seeds indoors, use a potting mix with plenty of nutrients for plants. After planting, keep the soil moist until the seeds germinate.

When they do, remove any weeds around the poppy seeds. Once the poppy seeds sprout, give them some light shade, and continue watering.

Tips for how to grow poppies seeds

First, choose the types of poppies.

The poppy flowers have many varieties, but most people prefer to grow only one type because it’s easier to maintain.

There are five main types of poppies:

  • Double red poppies (Papaver rhoeas)

The double red poppy is usually grown as a cut flower. It has long stems with large blooms. The petals are bright pink, and the center is white.

These vibrant flowers have a sweet scent. You can also use this type of poppy to make tea.

Its bloom time is late spring through early summer.

  • Single red poppies (Meconopsis cambrica)

This poppy grows up to 3 feet tall. Its single red flowers are about 1 inch wide and come in pink, purple, and yellow shades.

It looks like the double red poppy, but its leaves are smaller and more rounded. This poppy does not produce seeds.

The red poppy’s bloom season is late spring through mid-summer.

  • Opium poppy

The opium poppy is native to Europe, Asia, and North Africa. It produces very potent narcotic drugs such as morphine and codeine.

You can find these poppies growing wild throughout the United States. Opium poppies grow up to 6 feet tall and have clusters of tiny white flowers.

Their leaves are dark green and oval-shaped. The opium poppy’s bursts of bloom period are late summer through fall.

  • Annual poppies

The annual poppies have abundant seedlings that bloom all year long. These poppies are easy to grow in containers and look great planted outdoors.

They have short, thick stalks with a cluster of tiny white flowers. Their leaves are dark green, and their blooming season lasts from spring through fall.

They are often confused with other poppies, so check your poppies before purchasing.

To harvest seeds, wait until the pods dry out and split open. Then pull off the roots and store them in a cool place.

  • Perennial poppy

The perennial poppy seed can have stunning blooms year after year. If you live in colder climates, you may need to protect the roots from freezing during the winter months.

You don’t have to worry about keeping the seeds warm in warmer regions. Perennial poppies grow and can take several years to reach maturity.

Besides being beautiful, these poppies are edible. You can eat the seeds raw or add them to salads or baked goods.

Second, Plant poppies in the correct location.

For flower production and flower arrangements. The poppy seeds should be in full sun. 

They will thrive best if they get at least six hours of direct sunlight each day.

If you plant poppies outside, keep them away from cold winds and frosty temperatures.

Finding the right location can be difficult. You need to have fertile soil, good drainage, and plenty of water.

If you’re planting poppies inside, choose a spot with indirect light.

You can buy poppies in nurseries and garden centers.

Third, Care for poppies as they grow.

Taking care of poppy seedlings is simple. As soon as you buy them, please give them a drink of water.

Then, watch over them to see when they start sprouting new leaves. When the first true leaves appear, the plants are ready to be transplanted into larger pots.

Don’t forget to fertilize your poppies. Feed them every two weeks with a fertilizer designed for flowering plants.

Fourth, Harvest poppy seeds.

When the beautiful seed pods ripen, shake them to remove the seeds.

The best way to harvest the seeds is between September and November.

After harvesting, spread the poppy seeds on paper towels to dry completely. Store them in airtight jars.

Careful seed saving is significant because poppy seeds can germinate.

Fifth, Use poppy seeds.

Use poppy seeds. You can use them to flavor foods like cookies, bread, poppy seed muffins, cakes, and pastries.

You can also decorate the lavender bloom with poppy seeds.

Some people even grind up poppy seeds and sprinkle them on pancakes.

There’s no limit to what you can do with poppy seeds!

Planting poppy plant seeds in excellent spring weather conditions

It is better to plant poppy seeds indoors for cold winter and spring storm winds.

This way, you’ll avoid exposing them to wind damage. You can sow poppy seeds into the ground in early April.

Yet, if you want to grow poppies outdoors, you need to have rich soil or any well-draining soil amended with compost.

You can also plant poppy seeds in containers with suitable soil temperatures. Or you can use an ordinary garden soil mix.

Last words

Poppy seeds need a long growing season. They can take three years before producing their first flowers.

To ensure successful growth, make sure you provide enough light, heat, and moisture.

You can harvest your poppy seeds once they’ve matured. Also, avoid using poor soil.

It’s always best to buy organic poppy seeds.

I hope you learned how to grow poppy seeds from seed; if you did, share this article with your friends.

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Amy Toliver

Hey'all I'm Amy, a born foodie and diagnosed with celiac disease 7 years ago. I refused to cave into tasteless, boring gulten free food and create my own! On my blog you'll find info & cool facts along with recipes, all on gluten free foods!