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It's me, the novice again! Anyone offer advice for growing poppies from seed?

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wotulookinat Mon 20-Oct-08 18:26:13

I have kindly been given some yellow poppy seeds through Freecycle, and the man warned me that they spread - great! That's exactly what I am after.
Anyway, what is the best way to go about it? Do I wait until spring and sow the seeds straight into the soil? Could I put them into a pot now and keep it inside until spring?

snigger Mon 20-Oct-08 18:29:42

Local Drug Enforcement Officers will be watching this thread with interest grin

Our poppies were already in when we moved in, so have never grown from seed, sorry. I'd say it's probably always best to start them off indoors tho?

wotulookinat Mon 20-Oct-08 18:33:19

grin don't worry, I shall offer anything harverted in the for free section so I won't profit wink grin Tee heee!

MrsBadger Mon 20-Oct-08 18:35:49

we sow ours in the autumn straight onto the soil - they cope with the cold and germinate in the spring

I'd do that with some of yours then if nothing's come up in the spring, sow the ones you've saved

GentleGarotter Mon 20-Oct-08 18:38:37

Are the yellow poppies Welsh mountain ones? If so they are really pretty, spread everywhere and only about 6 inches high.

wotulookinat Mon 20-Oct-08 18:48:00

Yes I think they are Welsh ones. smile thank you for the advice.

missingtheaction Thu 23-Oct-08 20:14:13

poppies like to go in to soil that gets turned over (all those poppies from 1st world war were dormant in the ground until they got bombed and churned over and back into the light). If you sprinkle some around now then have a good weed in the spring they should be very happy indeed. But do what Mrs Badger says, save some for spring just in case.

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