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    I have been sent some poppy seed heads from an Aunt in Leciester and am going to try them this year in the flower beds. Should I -
    • start the seeds off in pots;
    • sow direct into the ground; or
    • broadcast sow ?

    Or perhaps all three to be sure !

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    Hi Jenny

    I grew some last year in a wild flower mix and planted them direct in the soil around April time and they took fine. I'd also back this up with the fact that I have them growing wild out the front self seeded.

    Did you know that poppy seeds can stay dormant for something like 100 years only activated by freshly turned soil (and as a result sunlight)? That's why we associate red poppies with the war - the bombs disturbed the soil which contained the dormant poppy seeds.

    Sorry, as you get to know me you'll reaslise I'm fully of fairly useless info like that

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    Jennie A, I agree with Shorties post. One sowing of Poppy seeds will keep you in flowers for a few years if you keep on dead heading the flowers as they fade. Let just a few flowers go to seed and you may find that the Poppies take over your garden. If you ever need seed then cut a seed head just before it ripens and pop it in a paper bag and hang it up in a dry place. This should provide loads of flowers the following year.
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    Shortie I didn't know that, but that explains why poppies are all over the allotments especially newly cultivated ones.
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    Jennie
    Do you know what kind of poppies they are - I have both Welsh (small, many headed, profuse flowering, yellow, self seeding) and oriental (large, blousy flowers, short lived, self seeding - extremely difficult to get rid off due to long and fragile tap roots). I quite like the Welsh (Meconopsis cambrica) but the orientals I have little, no, make that no time for. Unfortunately, they like my soil and spread like wildfire - always seem to miss a couple of seed pods each year !
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    On our old plot (clay) one of the guys sprinkled poppy seeds on another guys plot for a bit of a laugh and each year there were loads of double headed poppies. Wonderful!!! I wish someone would do the same for me!!!If i were to sprinkle some ..you could bet your socks nothing would grow!!!

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    Nicos, don't be too certain.... poppies appear anywhere!

    They are lovely for some bright colour but can be a b*gger to get rid of if they get established. I have then growing out my front and they've been growing for years now as the previous owner was a bit too old to get out and do much with the front for a long time... I dug up what I could, put down weed supressing membrane AND heavy shingle stuff and they're growing through with a vegance this year already!

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    After you all saying how prolific poppies were I thought I had better check! They are the Welsh orange poppies, so hopefully not so aggessive.

    Poppies generally don't do too well here, so I thought I would give it a go. My soil is quite alkaline, unlike many parts of Shetland, so thought I might stand a better chance than friends who have also tried to grow them.

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