How To Grow Poppies

Updated April 17, 2017

Poppies produce opium, which can put a person to sleep, and are therefore symbolic to sleep. Since the poppy flower is often a blood-red colour, the poppy is also used as a symbol of death. Poppies are unique from other flowers because they grow in cooler weather.

Plan on planting your poppies during the cold weather just after the last snow. February or March are ideal. Poppies can also be planted in the fall around October.

Prepare the ground by tilling up the dirt in the area where you will be planting your poppies. Mix a small amount of any type of fertiliser with the dirt as you till. Manure often works best.

Plant the seeds into the dirt about 8 inches apart. Planting them apart it allows the poppies to produce more seed pods per plant.

Give your poppies a liquid fertiliser once they are about 10 inches tall. Alaskan fish fertiliser or Miracle grow are commonly used.

Pick your poppies once they produce a flower. You can collect the seeds for cooking from the pods.


It is illegal to grow poppies in some areas because they can contain opium. Check your local laws before you plant your poppies.

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