Annual poppies

I once grew poppies (just ordinary Papaver rhoeas) in a huge tub on the patio and they were stunning but brief, can I sow successively to make a longer show? and can I start now?


  • nutcutletnutcutlet Posts: 24,023

    They are pretty brief aren't they. You can start when you like, they're totally hardy

  • Thanks Nut, is it worth successive sowing or will they all flower at the same time anyway?

  • nutcutletnutcutlet Posts: 24,023

    I don't know how long they take to germinate Ashleigh, mine just self seed and appear when they're ready. I'd sow them direct, rather than in trays for transplant

  • Orchid LadyOrchid Lady Posts: 5,800

    I'm going to sow poppies in the top corner of my new border, where I have just moved a 'Broom' to, I have loads of packets so am just going to scatter them and see what happens image

    I don't know if you have got this month's GW mag yet Ashleigh, but there is an article on poppies in that, don't know how good it is as my copy hasn't arrived image

  • Are you sowing a mixture of varieties Tracey?

  • Orchid LadyOrchid Lady Posts: 5,800

    Yes I am Ashleigh, I don't know what varieties off hand as my seeds aren't handy but can tell you tomorrow. I have about 6 packets of seeds, all free and some out of date so nothing at all to lose.  I also bought 3 Papaver Harlem when on offer in the mag and they are already planted in another border and coming along nicely image

  • They will look gorgeous, remember to take photo's.image

  • Orchid LadyOrchid Lady Posts: 5,800

    Oh I will Ashleigh,  take pics of everything image Night x

  • 4thPanda4thPanda Posts: 4,145

    There is a free pack of poppy seeds inside the mag Tracey image

  • Orchid LadyOrchid Lady Posts: 5,800

    My mag had better come today or someone is going to be in trouble!!!!   I love poppies, they are so pretty image

  • Tracey, I got mine last Monday perhaps you should check it hasn't got lost in the post. image

  • Orchid LadyOrchid Lady Posts: 5,800

    I'm phoning them at 9, I did try on Saturday but they don't work weekends image

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