How To Grow Poppies

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How To Grow Poppies

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.

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  1. 1

    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.

  2. 2

    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.

  3. 3

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

  4. 4

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

  5. 5

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

Tips and warnings

  • 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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