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Dealing with large poppies?

BMLBML Posts: 151
I have a few very large poppies and the leaves are just falling.  Do I just let them rot or should I cut them back and while I'm at it can I use the seeds next year? 


  • FairygirlFairygirl Posts: 53,924
    The seeds need to be viable by being on a living plant. If you chop the stem - game over.
    Many people leave them as the seed heads are very attractive anyway, especially as the flowers don't last very long. You can  then remove the heads before they open if you don't want them seeding.  :)
    It's a place where beautiful isn't enough of a word....

    I live in west central Scotland - not where that photo is...
  • PosyPosy Posts: 3,601
    Are they annual or perennial poppies? With the latter, the leaves do die back early and as they go brown, can be cleared away. Some regrowth will appear later. The seeds can be collected and planted or left to take their chances as you wish but they will only grow if they ripen on the plant.
  • Hampshire_HogHampshire_Hog Posts: 1,089
    Just let the plant do it's thing if you want the seed then the pods need to be left on to ripen and dry then I take them off with a long stem turn upside down in a brown paper tie and hang in a cupboard at home needs to be dry and warm.

    After a few weeks take the bag give it a good shake and most of the seed will fall out then I direct sow where I want them they often don't come true this way but some of the colours that you get are amazing and of course the bees love them.

    "You don't stop gardening because you get old, you get old because you stop gardening." - The Hampshire Hog
  • BMLBML Posts: 151
    Many thanks for all of that useful information. I will let it do its own thing.  BML
  • LynLyn Posts: 22,852
    My giant perennial poppy is sterile, giant seed heads, no fertile seeds. It has to be propagated from root cuttings. 
    Gardening on the wild, windy west side of Dartmoor. 

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