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Winter Sowing: Poppy Seeds Sown in Ice Cubes, others?

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Culpeper, VA
(Zone 7a)

February 4, 2011
9:28 AM

Post #8353212

I'm sowing a lot of poppy seeds this year- I have some WS in jugs, some direct on ground, and I would like to try some in ice cubes. I've done some web searching to see if any other flower seeds can be sown in ice cubes. So far I have seen references to carrots, and that is about it. Has anyone tried using the ice-cube method with other flower seeds?


February 7, 2011
3:40 PM

Post #8359744

I keep that idea in the back of my mind in case it warms up, and I have not seeded things like poppy seeds which need moist and cool germination conditions. I suppose it is a little like the seed tapes,--- in that you can space the seeds out, and not seed them in clumps. And perhaps the seeds are protected from birds?

We have snow still, so it makes no sense to do it right now as we can seed onto the snow and get the cool,moist conditions for poppy seeds.
Silver Spring, MD
(Zone 6b)

February 7, 2011
4:36 PM

Post #8359877

Okay, Caroline, are you saying that one can broadcast their poppy seeds in the snow and they'll germinate when it gets warm enough? The seeds inside an ice cube makes sense to me..the ice cube would protect it from the birds(I think)and the squirrels and chipmunks..but what if a warming trend comes along and melts that ice cube. Will the seed sink into the garden soil and germinate that way?
Culpeper, VA
(Zone 7a)

February 8, 2011
3:30 PM

Post #8361396

I have read a lot of posts and articles that say to spread poppies right on top of the snow and let them melt/sink into place. Germination should happen when the time is right. I think the ice cube acts much like the cycle of freeze and thaw that would have happened had I sowed in the fall. There is a great article on sowing poppies somewhere here on DG that I can never find when I want to. It's by another Marylander, I think! Or maybe a Virginian. Either way, someone not too far from Silver Spring.

I did find reference, in searching another forum, to someone who claims to have great success putting Morning Glory seeds in ice cubes. They were tired of nicking them. I may just try that for grins. As my farmer's market store is running out in my freezer I do need to fill it with something!

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