can I use organic baking poppies to plant for flowers? Thank you, I googled it with mixed ideas..nothing definite....Deb
I do too and if it works it's so much cheaper than buying packets.....I think I'll try the paper towel sprouting test first....thanks for the response....Deb
I would try them in planting soil firsts. The seeds will germinate if left in a cold place.
Just sprinkel them on the soil and gently ,lightly press so they wont relocate when watered. Set them is your garage or a cold place until April.
Bring them out and let them sprout in a warm room.
Dont over water. I would spray or mist to water until you have real stems and leaves.
The black seeds should work fine. The white ones might be heat-treated and wouldn't germinate.
Thank you guys so much....my last years self sown poppies are popping up all over outside so I'm thankful I'll have those to look forward to this year. Last year I purchased bunches of seed off e-bay as well as local vendors and members of my garden club gave me seed...I mixed it with sand and sprayed all over one of our banks...from all of that I got one little Flanders Poppy.....this year I'm going to try again but thought using the cheap bread seed might be a better way to go.....I will post here as to what happens....thank you for your insight and encouragement.....Deb
If you've got snow, try broadcasting some seed on top of the snow. I read about this technique in a book on plant propagation, tried it with California poppy seed, and it worked.
My first annual poppies came from food poppy seed. A jar that I purchased had bugs, so I thought that I couldn't eat them, might as well plant them, whatever was growing inside would die (it was winter). I got low germination, but probably half a dozen really pretty lilac single poppies.
Direct sowing of poppy seeds from the grocery store gave lots of lilac and white poppies.
They all came at once. Another time I would seed a few every ten days so the flowers came over a longer time period.
I've sown but nothing popping up yet. This year I will be a much better stewart of my blossoms. Last year I just sorta let everything take care of itself but am seeing lots of sprouts so should have access to lots of seed again.....Deb
They really are a spectacular floral show when seeded like that.
Way to go!
just thought I would pass this along....not one of those bread seed poppies reseeded themselves....