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Sowing Poppy Seeds

I seem to be a bit confused, not difficult to know! I was reading the back of this months Ladybird poppy seeds and it says to sow the seeds where they are to grow because they don't like root disturbance. Then is says, thin out when the seedlings appear. Surely that counts as root disturbance. Or have I got the wrong end of this meaningimage


  • OK, thanks for that Edd, I'll sow thinly to try and prevent 'bunching up'

  • Busy-LizzieBusy-Lizzie Posts: 21,002

    I'm going to try Ladybird poppies for the first time this year, but I have sown other poppies into the ground before and nothing has happened. Last year I had one poppy from a packet of seeds. So I thought I would try to sow them into modules and plant them out as plants if they come up. Does anyone know if this would work?

    Dordogne and Norfolk. Clay in Dordogne, sandy in Norfolk.
  • punkdocpunkdoc Posts: 13,258

    Hi Lizzie. I grow black opium poppies and I always start them in modules and then plant them out when they fill the module. They seem to do ok, but I do lose a few on planting out.

    There are ashtrays of emulsion,
    for the fag ends of the aristocracy.

    S.Yorkshire/Derbyshire border
  • LynLyn Posts: 21,383

    I always sow poppy seeds in trays, pot on then plant out, they do just fine.

    Treat them a

    s any other annual seed.

    Gardening on the wild, windy west side of Dartmoor. 

  • Busy-LizzieBusy-Lizzie Posts: 21,002

    That's great news, thank you.image

    Dordogne and Norfolk. Clay in Dordogne, sandy in Norfolk.
  • Like you Lizzie unsuccessful last year with California Poppies, going to try them in large fibre pots this year 

  • cairnsiecairnsie Posts: 388

    I was successful with Danish flag poppys last year however I only got one Californian poppy. My theory was this was due to the cold spring killing them off.

  • Busy-LizzieBusy-Lizzie Posts: 21,002

    Californian poppies (Eschscholzia) usually grow OK here, it's annual poppies that don't come up.

    Dordogne and Norfolk. Clay in Dordogne, sandy in Norfolk.
  • I have a spot with poppies which come back every year, not sure if its the originals or seeds from them, but now in the same area I  have a huge amount of much smaller very bright red poppies which is where I threw in the remainder of a packet of "meadow flowers", nothing else has appeared but the poppies keep coming. Have been saving the heads fro next year.

  • I was also unlucky with California Poppies - only one came up from a packet of seeds and then it buckled. I had more luck with the annual poppies but not many, and they came up where I didn't sew them.

    Punkdoc I just wondered is it black single you grow, black beauty or some other black opium poppy?

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