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Can anyone tell me what I should do with my poppy heads. They are still on the plant at the moment. Should I leave them over winter and then scatter the seeds in spring or should I pinch them off now. I bought the plant this year and it has flowered profusely in the border.  Many thanks for any help on this. 


  • nutcutletnutcutlet Posts: 27,150
    Are they dry and brown and rattling in the pod

    In the sticks near Peterborough
  • Most of them are brown and dry but I can’t hear any rattling. Thanks
  • nutcutletnutcutlet Posts: 27,150
    when they do you can tip them out and sow them where you want them. Poppies do well sowed in Autumn just as the plant is about to do. You should get seedlings there whatever you do now

    In the sticks near Peterborough
  • Perfect. Thanks for the advice Nutcutlet. 
  • JennyJJennyJ Posts: 8,791
    The seed might have already dispersed.  If so, you'll get seedlings where nature put them.  I would pick one and break it open to see if it's not ready yet or been and gone. 
    Doncaster, South Yorkshire. Soil type: sandy, well-drained
  • Yes that’s a thought. Will do that. 
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