Some of you have taken the big adventure and cast seeds on the snow or bare ground in the dead of winter.
Its hard to believe these seeds need a long cold period before they will germinate.
I am not completely sure seeds sown in April wont germinate too,its just that I have always gone by my grandmother way of doing it.
I saw my first leaves last year on April 17th.
I have been checking since we have had such a warm early spring and sure enough I believe these are them.
I will continue to photo them so we can identify and watch their progress.
These are Venus seeds,sown on the northeast side of the house after we laid down horse manuer so they should get to be a good size.
The sprouts are 2 pale graygreen thread looking leaves.
I will photo again in a few days. If by next week they have broadened out and are showing some serrated edges I will know for sure they are poppies.
I tried to look in the JI garden but cant get close enough to see.
These are really teeeeeny and you have to look realllly hard.
These are in the place where I sowed the poppies.
O K so its been 2 weeks. Its been cold here and not enough progress of the Venus poppies to be of any note.
Here is what I took this AM
As you can see some of the earlier sprouts have second leaves and there is a huge load of newbies with 2 leaves comming on. I guess this means dont give up if you dont see all the sprouts at once.
When conditions are right the germination happens.
I am watching another part of the garden for poppies I sowed. Not a sprout but I wont loose hope until the lilies are blooming. LOL
I always sow very thick so I can ID the newbies.No weed comes up here in such abundance.
I am so glad about your poppies.
I made this diary so others wouldnt weed them out.It has happened to me so often.
Then there was the year I used Preen.
Dont go there.
I wish you luck. The picture is kind of small, but those leaves still do not look like the true leaves of poppy seedlings. The initial leaves are the same in all dicotyledonous plants. They're called embryonic leaves. The second pair of leaves are called true leaves and should look like the leaves of a grown plant, only in miniature. Notice that the second pair of leaves in those pics are smooth and that the leaf itself is pointed. When I have grown poppy seeds, the second pair of leaves looks like a tiny poppy leaf, not pointed, not smooth. I have some seeds coming up now but they are only just germinating. Unfortunately, there are indeed weed seeds that will germinate like that. Chickweed, in particular.
This diary is for gardeners who are sowing annual poppies for the first time.
I'll photograph in another couple of weeks.
Meanwhile Pirls are ahead of mine so hers are what mine will look like in a couple of weeks.
I am experimenting with direct sowing poppies now. We still have cold nights and some days in the 40's, there is a place where I want poppies and dont see any.
I double ordered Giant Whites and Hungarian Blues and will sow half the seeds. If no germination occures I will save the other half of the order for this fall.
Pirl! I seem to remember someone on poppyforum last year ,say they do better if moved in a clump,almost a plug.I have never moved so many ,nor have I thinned them which would probably be a good thing.I am just too chicken to take a chance.
Very interesting tuitorial! Now I have a question for you, when you have HOS like that and usually everybody has them their first year of WS, what is the best way to thin those delicate seedlings? When you thin them out while they are in the ground like yours was, I think I've seen pictures in gardening books that you just cut or pull carefully some of the seedlings to thin them out. Do you actually pull the seedlings up root and all and replant it elsewhere? I WS my Brillian red oriental poppies in milk jugs. I've had one to bloom but the other HOS still are struggling to grow, but when they got two sets of seeds, I planted them in flowerbeds. Maybe it would be easier to plant in flats or cell packs. Just an observation. It will be interesting thing to try sowing them like you did. I just can't imagine how the seeds would have found their way to the ground under 55 in. of snow we had last Feb. And them more when the sidewalks that led up to the house were shoveled and more snow thrown on top of snow. Our front yard became hugh mounds of snow where it was all piled from shoveling and the bobcat threw up there. There was no place to put all of the white stuff. Our court of 18 houses for a month looked like some of these pictures the astronauts send from outer space! Wouldn't it be a good experiment if a small airplane, like a crop duster type could just spread the seeds out a window from above and see all the poppies grow where they landed?
I have never believed snow sown poppies germinate.I only have 1 instance of trying that.
I find a December day whan its still not snowing( our storms begin in January) I find a spot where I want the clump to grow and rake off any mulch os weeds or leaves and sprinkle in a 12 inch circle.This is to keep the plants from being mistaken for weeds in early May.
I doubt it's possible to transplant the plugs thaken from therse thick clumps of teeny weenies.Some people have had sucess with it but not me.There are going to be losses this "thick sow " way but once you establish a group that re seeds itself you should be on your way.
I hope I didn't miss something in your first message but do you recall when you direct sowed those poppy seeds? I'm assumming that one needs to clear away mulch so that the seeds will fall on bare soil? Do I need to kind of rake up the area first? I love that rock marker "Rose" was that to mark a rose bush or color or variety of poppy seeds?
Yes you need to clean the area of anything that keeps the seeds from comming into contact with the soil.
The seeds need soil and light and a period of cold freezing weather in order to germinate.
Dont mulch over the sowen seeds either.
I sow in December to March but not later than that.
Those are the selfseed Venus from last year. I am disapointed in them.Last years parents were as tall as the lilies.
These are whimps as are nearly all annual poppies growing in my gardens. I think it was the cold wet spring.