How to Start Poppy Seeds

Most important when growing poppies is to be sure you plant your seeds where you want your poppies to grow. This may sound a bit obvious, but it is nearly impossible to move seedlings successfully once they are growing. Poppies seldom survive any damage to their root system. Early spring is a good time to plant your poppy seeds. They will germinate in soil that is just 55F or 15C.

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1) Choose a sunny site in your garden.

2) Prepare the soil by digging in some organic material and then raking the area smooth.

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3) Your soil must be well draining so amend if necessary as poppies require excellent drainage.

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4) Poppy seeds are very small so mix them with a bit of sand before you sow.

5) Cover the seeds with a very thin layer of peat moss and keep the bed well watered.

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6) Depending on your temperatures they should sprout between 10 to 30 days.

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7) After the seeds have sprouted you will need to thin some out. You can thin carefully by cutting off the extra sprouts with scissors.

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