The Q&A Archives: Sowing Poppies

Question: When is the right time to plant poppy seeds and how do I take care of them to insure that they grow?

Answer: Poppy seeds germinate and grow quite easily and will also self-sow. Once you have them established, you will always have them! In mild climates, poppies can be planted in early fall, but in cold winters, sow in early spring. The seeds are teeny, so it's helpful to mix them with sand to broadcast them more evenly across the bed. Keep the soil consistently moist until they germinate, usually in 1-2 weeks. Thin to about 6 - 12 inches apart. They aren't terribly fussy about soil conditions.

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