How to buy poppy pods

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How to buy poppy pods
Colourful ornamental poppies are a beautiful garden flower. (poppy image by Alison Bowden from Fotolia.com)

Poppy pods are used by florists, and by crafts makers for dried decorative pieces for home and business. It is possible to buy ornamental poppy pods from dealers in the United States; customers can buy dried Papaver orientale poppy pods in a variety of sizes, from marble-size to pods larger than a golf ball. It is important to buy from a reputable sales source that provides poppy pods that are legal for wholesale and retail.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Call or visit a local florist and inquire if the business has any poppy pods in stock. Ask if the florist will place an order for pods with a wholesale provider for future purchase.

    How to buy poppy pods
    After flowering is past, a poppy's green pod is noticeable. (poppy in Poland image by Piter Pkruger from Fotolia.com)
  2. 2

    Check the dried floral and nature craft aisles at a crafts store to see if poppy pods are available.

    How to buy poppy pods
    The poppy pod has a decorative top. (Poppy Seedhead image by Sarah Hurley from Fotolia.com)
  3. 3

    Order dried poppy pods online from an established Internet floral sales source. Short- or long-stem pods are sold for floral arts and for craft projects such as dried wreaths and Autumn centrepieces.

    How to buy poppy pods
    As poppy pods dry they turn a light brown, beige or grey colour. (poppy heads image by Ales Masner from Fotolia.com)
  4. 4

    Visit a local greenhouse or gardener that grows ornamental poppies and inquire whether the person has dried pods available for purchase.

    How to buy poppy pods
    Dried poppy pods are mixed with other dried flowers and pods. (the dried bouquet image by Leonid Nyshko from Fotolia.com)

Tips and warnings

  • It is illegal and punishable under federal law to purchase Papaver somniferum opium poppy pods or seeds.

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