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pinkruffles
Mar 21, 2015 1:45 PM CST
Can someone please tell me if it's too late to wintersow annual poppies in zone 6?

thanks!!
Name: Jennifer
48036 MI (Zone 6b)
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jvdubb
Mar 21, 2015 2:23 PM CST
I'm not exactly sure. But I would give it a shot
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Shadegardener
Mar 21, 2015 2:24 PM CST
I'm always confused about when to sow poppies. Some say 2 weeks before last frost, others say they don't need the cold. I'm going to try no cold treatment and see what happens and will sow them in paper pots so that I won't disturb the roots (too much) when planting out. I'm sure there are other folks who know waaaay more than me that can help.
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CarolineScott
Mar 21, 2015 2:44 PM CST
Which annual poppies are you going to sow?
The peony type like to start in cold weather.
They don't need cold for germination, but they do like cooler growing conditions.
The Shirley type are best started after frost, especially the doubles.
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woofie
Mar 21, 2015 3:21 PM CST
I have started the P. somniferum in peat pots in my GH (i.e. no cold treatment) and they grew just fine. So you should be able to go ahead and sow them now. I tossed out some seeds a couple of weeks ago, but the little beggars never seem to grow where I want them. Which is why I sometimes start them indoors, so I can stuff them where I want them! Hilarious!
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PA (Zone 6a)
pinkruffles
Mar 21, 2015 7:10 PM CST
thanks everyone for your input, but maybe I didn't make myself clear. I didn't mean direct sowing them in the garden--I meant sowing them in milk jugs and setting the jugs outside till they sprout :)
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chelle
Mar 21, 2015 7:59 PM CST
pinkruffles said:thanks everyone for your input, but maybe I didn't make myself clear. I didn't mean direct sowing them in the garden--I meant sowing them in milk jugs and setting the jugs outside till they sprout :)


Sure! They should do just fine, but transplant the clump when the seedlings are tiny because the long taproots grow much faster than the tops, and they don't like to be disturbed.

Here is another method that might interest you. The thread "WINTER SOWING with CLOCHES" in Cottage Gardening forum Same basic idea, but no disturbance is necessary. Smiling

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woofie
Mar 21, 2015 9:45 PM CST
Chelle is right. They really don't like having their roots disturbed. They generally sprout pretty quickly, too.
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