A few of my WSing seedling poppies survived our Michigan weather, I plan on planting them out next week. I was just wondering when & how long do these bloom. I am in zone 5. Any other suggestions would be greatly appreciated.
Well, in a couple weeks the Orientals will be done for the season. I'm not sure about the shirley's. I wintersowed some California Poppies called White Linen and Mikado and I think they actually will bloom a couple times through the summer and into the fall... I had a White Linen blooming last fall in late November...
I had one beautiful annual poppy which I watched all summer. It finally bloomed and stem was broken this weekend. I've taken the green seedheads and put them in water, hoping that they will still grow and dry out properly so that seeds will mature.
Rest of the plant I've put into water and left in the garden, hoping that the buds will bloom and be found by insects.
Any ideas? Am I doing the right thing? Will change the water often. Someone in our community garden told me that pods could be matured in the fridge??? Anyone heard of this?
I'm really an iris & Lilium person. Have often cut lily seedpods, put in water in the house and they have matured but... have never thought about poppies particularly.
I'd like to learn more about the different types of poppies. Is there a thread around here that gives lots of info. to someone relatively new to growing them?
I've grown some annual poppies in the past, but I couldn't tell you what type they were. I have lots of seeds that I've obtained through swaps in the past few months and am looking forward to seeing what they do in '08.
Oh, I also have a couple types of Himalayan poppy seeds, but I don't think that there's much hope for me to grow them in my zone.
That all makes sense to moi, and I've read that before.
But, then I'll turn around and read something like this and question things once again: "Notes: This seed variety cannot be shipped to US addresses, regardless of permits."
The Federal Law covering various classes of narcotics is an interesting read. I vaguely recall that seed is allowed but leaves, stems and pods are not. It is the milky sap from the stems and pods that contains the opiate, and though the seeds possess an insignificant amount, it is apparently not enough to alarm the law.Generally speaking, it seems the enforcement is not focused upon gardeners with ornamental somniferums in their flower beds. A few acres of them, with folks out there scratching all those pretty pods might draw their attention though.
A body could probably get into more disastrous circumstances by misusing Artemisia absinthum (wormwood) than chewing on a poppy. yuk