How To Grow Poppies

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Learning how to grow poppies is not as difficult as one may think. Both professional gardeners and hobbyist enthusiasts can easily do it in a large greenhouse or in the comfort of their own home garden.

The pursuit of learning how to grow poppy pods has been an increasingly popular trend that has seen consistent growth over the years. Poppies are very simple to plant and grow. There are both perennials and annuals and they can be found in a variety of of beautiful and attractive colours. Once known as the 'common cornfield weed', this exotic plant can no longer be regarded as a regular weed. Poppies can be found in many regions of the world, which include USA, Canada, Europe, China, India, and various parts of Asia. In many regions, it can be found as a very common flower that grows in the wild.

How To Grow Poppies

The poppy pod plant may grow anywhere from 12 to 24 inches long. These poppies have a long lifespan and grow in almost every color you can imagine. Annuals bloom in approximately 65-90 days. Perennial species take a slightly longer time to bloom.

Planting poppy flowers in your flowerbed gives it a colorful aesthetic appeal and is a great complement to other flowers that you may have growing there. You can attempt to grow poppies in larger mass plantings, in a rock garden, or even use the poppies as border to outline your garden. Furthermore, you can also learn how to grow poppies in windowsill planters or in large and small containers on your home/apartment patio or deck.

How To Grow Opium Poppies

In addition to learning how to grow poppy pods there are many other uses for these plants as well. The poppy seeds can be used in a birdfeeder to attract all types of birds to your patio or garden. Poppy seeds and oil can also be found in the kitchen and are a favourite with many recipes for breads and cookies.

Please note that we are not suggesting how to grow opium poppies as poppies are also known as a narcotic. The poppy seeds from poppy pods can be used to make Morphine, Codeine, and Opium.

Propagating Poppy Pods (How To Grow Poppy Pods)

Firstly you will need to have poppy seeds in order to learn how to grow poppies. You can easily purchase them from gardening stores or even online. They can be sown directly into your garden whether it is in a pot indoors or in soil outdoors.

For beginners, we highly recommend your learning of how to grow poppy pods indoors at least 7-8 weeks prio to the last cold frost conditions in your area. Start by planting poppy seeds in individual containers or pots so that you can allow sufficient space for proper root growth. This also aids in minimizing the shock of transplanting the poppies from one pot to another.

How To Grow Poppies

Growing Poppy Plants

As previously stated, learning how to grow poppies is not that difficult. Poppies tend to prefer full sun as opposed to just partial shade. Poppy pods also mature to their maximum potential in cool weather conditions. Poppy plants will propagate in the majority of soil types but they prefer soil that is adequately drained and just a little bit dry. In regular types of soils it is better to mix in compost before attempting to plant poppy seeds.

Relocate and plant the poppy seedlings into your outdoors garden after you have bypassed the danger of cold frost. Make sure to space the poppy plants approximately 9-20 inches from each other depending upon the variety you may have in your garden.

How To Grow Poppy

Poppies tend to sprout quite quickly and will bloom around early to the middle of summer.

If you want excellent results make sure to introduce a general purpose fertilizer at least once or twice every month. Also, mulch around the perimeter of the plants to reduce weeds. This will not only increase the overall attractiveness of your garden but prevent your poppies from being choked out by the weeds. You only need to water your poppies during long dry periods.

You can deadhead (remove faded blooms) your poppy flowers to promote new blooms. However, do not attempt to do this if you plan on harvesting the seeds.

In order to harvest the poppy seeds you firstly need to allow the poppy flower to die and then dry. Afterward you snip off the seed poppy pods and spread them out on a smooth level surface to completely dry. Separate the poppy seeds from the poppy seed pod and then store for later use.

Hazards of Learning How To Grow Opium Poppies

Poppies hardly ever have serious problems but there are still common hazards that can adversely affect their overall health such as insects and disease. In these types of situations you can easily apply insecticides or fungicides but only as needed.

How To Grow Poppy

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