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I have a wonderful papaver poppy in salmon, when the seeds form I would like to collect them, THEN WHAT do I plant them straight into the soil in the spring, or into trays, does anyone know.



You can sow the seeds when they form with poppies , though I think they need a degree of stratification ie colder conditions to germinate.

I have sown oriental poppies in the autumn in seed trays and leave them somewhere sheltered they will germinate after a winter outside you can then prick them out and grown them on.

Or scatter the seeds over the area you want them in the autumn if they are annual poppies.

Hope this helps

8 Jun, 2011


Sal's advice on sowing is good, but you may not get the nice salmon colour of the parent. The only way to guarantee this from a Papavere is by root cutting and this is not an easy operation.

8 Jun, 2011


Hi Patricia,
we have them in our garden, and have always sown them directly into the ground in Autumn. After an awful freezing Winter [which the seeds must like] they have all come up and are doing well, so good luck with yours.

8 Jun, 2011


Thank you all so much for your replies, I shall do them all, and see what happens. I have also enjoyed reaading Bulbaholic and sals, profile, love your growing garden sal, shall follow that this year, and freesabird, havnt met you before but Hi. thanks again. patricia.

8 Jun, 2011

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