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buccaneer
Nipomo, CA

October 29, 2012
5:37 PM

Post #9319545

i like in calif central coast,i prepare the soil in a 1/8th acre meadow setting...do to darrell volentine on facebook youl see the wild flowers etc...i plant calif. and flanders poppys too with no problem, no icelandic poppys come up,why is that? if i put them in the refirdgerator 8 weeks like tulips will that work? any thoughts?

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themoonhowl
Prairieville, LA
(Zone 9a)

November 3, 2012
7:33 AM

Post #9323495

Poppy seeds require even moisture to sprout. Many gardeners use a single layer of newspaper over the seeded area after planting to help retain moisture, and water the area over the paper daily until the seeds sprout.

http://www.ocregister.com/articles/poppies-48238-iceland-lathrop.html

http://www.northerngardening.com/NGB_articles/poppy.htm
altagardener
Calgary, AB
(Zone 3b)

November 3, 2012
7:59 AM

Post #9323515

Iceland poppy doesn't need stratification (alternating temperatures to break down germination inhibitors) to germinate. If you were growing them indoors, seeds planted on a moist medium would germinate at room temperature within days to a couple of weeks.
Note though that putting dry seeds in a refrigerator (or a freezer even, as one often hears!) has absolutely no effect towards promoting stratification. The seeds must have imbibed water (planting them on a moist medium, e.g. in a pot of moist soil or on a moistened paper towel in a baggie allows this) then they can be placed in alternating cool and warm conditions.
But back to your question, it's hard to guess why the iceland poppies didn't come up. Maybe the seeds were immature or got washed or blown away? These things happen sometimes.
buccaneer
Nipomo, CA

November 4, 2012
8:18 AM

Post #9324314

altagardener wrote:Iceland poppy doesn't need stratification (alternating temperatures to break down germination inhibitors) to germinate. If you were growing them indoors, seeds planted on a moist medium would germinate at room temperature within days to a couple of weeks.
Note though that putting dry seeds in a refrigerator (or a freezer even, as one often hears!) has absolutely no effect towards promoting stratification. The seeds must have imbibed water (planting them on a moist medium, e.g. in a pot of moist soil or on a moistened paper towel in a baggie allows this) then they can be placed in alternating cool and warm conditions.
But back to your question, it's hard to guess why the iceland poppies didn't come up. Maybe the seeds were immature or got washed or blown away? These things happen sometimes.
its a drag because i used 1 lb of icelandic poppy seeds,they didnt come up...but the falnders/calif poppys came up strong!...intresting,all on the 1/8th acre roadside memorial for my son.sandy type soil...not pure sand but semi loamy i put them out together but it was dissapointing that it happenned this way

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