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What variety of poppy is this?

PeterJarvisPeterJarvis East KentPosts: 63

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  • Loraine3Loraine3 Posts: 463
    Looks like a common field poppy
  • bertrand-mabelbertrand-mabel Posts: 1,067
    Yes common field poppy. Strange to have the word common and field as it is rarely seen in some parts of the UK now.
    Lovely plant and my favourite flower.
    I collect the seeds each year in the garden and sow them out in the Spring in different areas especially areas that we are tring to wild more.
    The insects love them.
  • PeterJarvisPeterJarvis East KentPosts: 63
    Yes common field poppy. Strange to have the word common and field as it is rarely seen in some parts of the UK now.
    Lovely plant and my favourite flower.
    I collect the seeds each year in the garden and sow them out in the Spring in different areas especially areas that we are tring to wild more.
    The insects love them.
    How do you sow them and get them to grow? And when in Spring?
  • bertrand-mabelbertrand-mabel Posts: 1,067
    I just sprinkle the seeds onto the surface of the soil after the frosts if at all possible (not easy this year!!!)
    They are seeds that like newly turned soil. This is why you see poppies growing at new road/building sites even though they have laid dormant for many years.
    Poppies germinated after bombs created craters as the seeds were now on the surface.
    They don't like being transplanted even though I have done this with ones that have found their way into the polytunnel. They tend to grow a lot smaller but do flower and produce seeds.
  • purplerallimpurplerallim LincolnshirePosts: 3,995
    Field poppies like disturbed ground, so wait for the seed pods to go brown and then just crush them open and sprinkle them around. If its in a garden bed then planting and working on it will be enough to get them going. If its in a wild area then a rake of the area will help.
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