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Sowing poppies in September

OZZOZZ Posts: 14
Hi.  I would like to try to grow poppies in my garden and after reading about it I sprinkled some poppy seeds around beginning of September but I see seeds are coming up! Wouldn't they get killed by frost? I guess I imagined they would overwinter and start coming up in the spring?


  • JennyJJennyJ DoncasterPosts: 6,364
    Annual poppies are hardy so they should be fine, and will flower earlier than spring-sown ones. Wild poppies drop their seed in late summer and do fine, so yours will too. Any that haven't germinated will come up later. Maybe much later - they can go dormant if buried and germinate years later if the soil is disturbed.
  • FairygirlFairygirl west central ScotlandPosts: 46,981
    It's what plants do in their natural habitat. Some won't make it, some will. That's how it works  :)
    It's a place where beautiful isn't enough of a word....

  • Valley GardenerValley Gardener Rhondda ValleyPosts: 2,428
    I did the same as you @OZZ so must go out and see if anything has appeared!
    The whole truth is an instrument that can only be played by an expert.
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