How to plant and grow poppy seeds

Written by gail delaney | 13/05/2017
How to plant and grow poppy seeds
Poppies are popular flowers to grow in gardens. (danymages/iStock/Getty Images)

Poppy seeds are easy to plant and grow. Hardy and resistant to diseases and pests, poppy plants grow quickly and will start blooming when summer begins. You don't need special soil, as poppies will grow where most other plants won't and are tolerant of dry conditions. Depending on the variety you choose, poppies are both annual and perennial plants and bloom in a range of colours, including the traditional red associated with Remembrance Day.

Find a sunny location to plant your poppy seeds. Choose a place where you want the flowers to grow because poppies do not transplant well.

Prepare the soil. You can either dig the ground with a garden fork and remove any sticks or rocks that you find in the soil. Allow the ground to settle for two days or more.

Water the soil before planting the seeds. You need to have moist soil for the seeds to germinate.

Mix the poppy seeds with some sand in a small bowl. This will help you to sow the seed evenly over the top of the soil. The plants do not grow well if they are too close together.

Cover the seeds with a little bit of dry soil. Do not bury the seeds more than 1 cm below the surface, or they will not germinate.

Water the soil gently. Use the mister setting of your spray bottle or hose; spraying the ground any harder than that will push the seeds deeper into the soil.

Keep the soil moist until the seeds germinate and the poppy plants are growing. After that, you can cut back on the watering.

Things you need

  • Garden fork
  • Sand
  • Small bowl

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