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How do you start poppy seed

( Kim) Zion, IL(Zone 5a)

A friend of mine gave me a brunch of poppies seed I have no idea where to plant when to plant Them I live in Illinois
should I just put them on top of soil or should I scratch the soil should I cover them with dirt it would be nice if you guys had a sticky with that kind of information I hope that I haven't asked to many question but you know us beginers always asking so many easy question
Dimmer(AKA) Kim

Marysville, WA(Zone 7a)

Dimmer, don't know about Illinois, but in most places all you need to do is scatter them on the ground. Fall planting works well in the Northwest. Some species are better adapted to a particular zone that others, and they all like to grow. Good luck.

( Kim) Zion, IL(Zone 5a)

You have any idea where to plant North south east or west and do they need lots of sun sorry for all the questions
Kim

Marysville, WA(Zone 7a)

Ask all the questions you want. Thats what DG is for. The best location is where they get the most sun. Do you know what species they are ?

( Kim) Zion, IL(Zone 5a)

No but I do know that they have red in them and there are in the sun but that is about all I now

Corinth, NY(Zone 4b)

I had good luck wintersowing them a few years ago. There is a wintersowing forum here, look it up, and give it a try. You will be very surprised on how well it works.

Candy

Lisbon, IA(Zone 5a)

Dimmer, it helps to know if they are annual or perennial. Maybe your friend can tell you that..

( Kim) Zion, IL(Zone 5a)

Scot I don't think he can but I am pretty sure that they are perennial Scot is the one that gave me the seeds I plant some in the east side of the house and I also want to try some in the hosue and see what will happen thanks for all the help I will keep update when I plant some in the house
Kim

Lisbon, IA(Zone 5a)

Ok, if you think they are perennial then most likely they are Oriental Poppy. Go check out the wintersowing forum. Wintersowing is the only way I've ever gotten Oriental Poppy seeds to germinate. I know there are folks that plant direct and have great luck, but I'm not one of them. When I wintersow poppy seeds it's the one thing I'm sure will germinate for me. :)

Diann

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