Seeds forum: Best time to plant Poppy seeds ???

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Name: Patrick
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Denman55
Sep 9, 2015 4:34 AM CST
I just received an order of Flanders Corn Poppy Seeds -
should I wait until cooler weather sets in to plant them ?
I think Fall is the best time to plant these seeds, but I
want to check with others first. Please let me know your
thoughts. Thanks.
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chelle
Sep 9, 2015 5:25 AM CST
I sowed mine the third week of March this year; many plants appeared, they bloomed early, and onward through July. I even had a few late plants bloom in the early part of August. Smiling

I don't have results as good as this if I plant these types of seeds in fall. Not sure if the critters eat the seeds, they get washed too deep by late season rain (or snow) or what, but I generally have very few pop up the following spring.

Maybe toss out a few now, then sow the rest in early spring. (?)
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Name: Patrick
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Denman55
Sep 9, 2015 6:45 AM CST
I get different answers on this question from different people. I don't know what to do. Some say the seeds need the cool soil and temps. I planted Poppy seeds last Spring - a lot of them - I bought like 30 packs of seeds, and got very little return on my investment with flower blooms.
It is very warm/HOT here in NJ right now. Summer is no way ending here. I think October is a
better time to sow seeds. Or very early in March while the weather is still cool and the ground
has not warmed up yet.
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Onewish1
Sep 10, 2015 2:59 AM CST

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I would go later than October.. I winter sowed mine in milk jugs in late December / January a few years ago.. had great success .. the ones I sowed were oriental poppies ... the coco coir made it easy to transplant them into cow pots when they grew up.. and was easy to separate with all the perlite I added in.. granted they didn't bloom 1st year.. but have been giving me blooms year after year since
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Onewish1
Sep 10, 2015 3:05 AM CST

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never hurts to do 1/2 now and 1/2 later though
Name: Patrick
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Denman55
Sep 10, 2015 3:16 AM CST
I'm not really into Oriental Poppies. I prefer Corn Poppies, Iceland Poppies, California Poppies.
I'm going to wait until October/November to sow the seeds directly in the garden.
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CarolineScott
Sep 10, 2015 8:01 AM CST
Yes, late enough in the fall, so they do not germinate prematurely.
Or early enough in the spring so they encounter cool germination and growing conditions.
It is very weather dependent.
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DomehomeDee
Sep 10, 2015 11:33 AM CST
I'm sowing mine in October/November. I had my first real luck with somniferon poppies by sowing them in the fall last year. California poppies (I'm in California) actually seed earlier than fall and here you can pretty much put them in anytime (they don't need a frost). I've never had any luck with corn poppies or Icelandic poppies. Maybe it's my frost free environment is just unsuitable.
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kqcrna
Sep 12, 2015 6:03 PM CST

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I have wintersowed (in milk jugs) several types (breadseed, oriental, Flanders, and California) with success. Now, my California ones self sow pretty reliably, so those seeds are self sown in summer through fall and they come up on their own.

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DogsNDaylilies
Sep 17, 2015 12:59 PM CST
@Denman55 - Patrick, I sowed my Flanders poppy seeds in early May (might have been the last week of April...I'd have to go back and check my garden notes). Since you are in zone 7a, you are about a month, maybe even a month and a half ahead of me, so I would guess that you would want to plant them in late March or early April, assuming you choose to plant in the Spring.

I planted mine in a raised garden bed that I had filled with a mix of compost/topsoil/peat. They went bonanzas! It was the beautiful pop of red in my vegetable garden that I wanted and it did not disappoint.


Question for everyone else: are Flanders Poppy seeds edible? Or are they not considered an edible variety? (The seeds I harvested were so TINY that I almost wonder if it would be worth it even if they were edible, but I'm still curious.)
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jmorth
Sep 17, 2015 1:50 PM CST
I sow mine on top of snow.
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gardengus
Nov 12, 2015 5:47 AM CST
Like J I sow my seeds on top of the snow usually in March . I can see where the seeds are and It is such a thrill to think of spring when the snow is on the ground Smiling
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deejay49
Dec 6, 2015 7:54 AM CST
I wait till 1 st Snow fall Here also & Have the best luck . Looks as i will be planting in Jan for no snow in site till end of month possible But thats ok no hurry for it Smiling
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Onewish1
Dec 7, 2015 4:51 AM CST

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Me either. . Can stay away a while longer

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