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Hey. I'm in Georgia 7b. I was wondering if it would be a benefit to germination if I planted my poppy seeds today so that they would have the next 3 nights of really cold weather before it warmed up. And should I just sprinkle them and press into the dirt so they are uncovered and get the light? I've heard mixed info. on sowing and was hoping I could use this dreaded cold front for something good. I've never grown poppies and have heard so much bad info., I'm afraid I won't be successful. I need and elementary A,B,C plan for Dummies! I love them so much!
Also, I have some of the opium poppies as well (didn't know until I had purchased from ebay - they have the BEST pods!). Anyway, I just want to make absolute sure that I won't be in any trouble from growing these. Believe it or not, I have an ex- narcotics cop across the street from me! HA HA. Nice neighbor, but don't want him to have to drive by these each day and them start "keeping an eye on me". LOL.
Catherine, I have no idea what growing conditions are in your area, but with regard to Poppies I scatter them anywhere, anytime. Meconopsis is the exception. Poppies seem to be very hardy and acclimate well. Try as many varieties as you can and see which will do best for you.
I don't know anything about them eiter but I would just toss some into my flowerbeds now especially if you are having the same cold wet snowy weather I am having. My mother just put some in her beds yesterday. Can't hurt to try. The wet and warming will work them into the soil. As for the opium poppies, I have read someplace you are safe as long as you are growing them for the beautiful flowers, not for the drug purposes. Most likely, they would never notice or be able to tell the difference anyway. A few of them in the flowerbeds is nothing.. you would have to have a field to make a difference.
My opinion and knowledge from reading about them before i got my seeds. Mine are now about 1/2 inch high and are under snow! don't know if they will survive. Across from my parents 3 miles away... they are blooming! the blooming ones are self seeded after they bloomed last year.
I sowed my poppy seeds this past week and hope to see better results than last year. I didn't press them into the soil, just sprinkled on top after raking the soil. Now with the rain we just got, I expect to see tiny seedlings any time now.
I waited until late May last year and then a bad drought hit - no poppies last year. The experts advise fall sowing in GA but spring should be okay.
The only ones lest for me to grow are somniferums the deer eat all the others.corn poppies,california,orientals etc etc. I put seeds in the freezer then sew them in late fall. They grow like weeds even kinda look like weeds untill they bloom.I thin them out also when I transplant them I make sure and scoop lots of dirt so they dont know they have been moved.
Here in the mid Mississippi are we have to sow our poppies (annuals) in October, and yes - we do it each year. Some will come up from last year's seeds but if the soil has been disturbed at all then I only have a few. To really have a "show" I have to reseed.That is no bother since you just throw them out - no "planting" required! Couldn't be easier!
And, as stated above, yes it is best to thin them out when they are very young. Those I didn't thin out ( they need to be about a foot apart at least to really do well here) are only a few inches high. What a difference!
The waterfall is located in a school courtyard. I help from time to time with plants. We've had so many thunderstorms I haven't gotten by recently to get in the pond. This is a photo of what it looked like last year when blooming.
Somehow this thread just popped up. I never saw the last entries last spring and I don't see how it popped up since there hasn't been an entry since July.
Anyway, not ONE single seed germinated! I was so disappointed, I ordered $70 worth from annies annuals, and they ASSURED me they would do fine in the summer in GA. (Now I know otherwise. Long story in "Guilty Coffessions" thread.)
I have cleaned up some skraggly angelina(sp) and am sprinkling my poppy seeds tomorrow. I have been told and read that fall/winter sowing is best in the south.
I pray, pray, pray I get some plants! I love the papery petals blowing in the breeze. I'm not much for the peony type. Their beautiful, just not something I HAVE to have in my garden.
Wish me luck.
My 11 yr. old daughter seems to have been born under a lucky star, maybe I'll have her sprinkle them!
3gardeners, I've experimented quite a bit with poppies to figure out how to deal with them here. I've found if I sow later than early-mid March I don't see much from them, if anything. One time I sowed in April and had poppies show up a year and a half later. Now I sow either in fall or late winter as it seems they need the cold to germinate well. In your zone, I think sowing any time during the winter would work well. Did you get some sown at the first of the month? You may start seeing germination soon. My fall sown poppies formed little rosettes of foliage that just sat there all winter unharmed.