Growing Poppies

Tips On Growing Poppies

When growing poppies, be prepared to decide which type you wish to grow since they come in more varieties than you could even imagine. These plants are literally just about everywhere. Although they were common “weeds” in cornfields earlier in the 1900s, they are now a well-liked plant to place outside your house and in your garden.

One of the best aspects of the poppy is the variety of colors. Seriously, no matter what color flower you are looking for, including black, you are likely to find a least one variety to meet your needs. Furthermore, it is said that growing poppies is easy and the flowers tend to last a fairly long time. Better yet, these seeds serve multiple purposes including being used in foods as well as feeding birds.

In terms of size, they remain relatively small rarely exceeding two and a half feet in height. When planting, it is recommended that you allow about half a foot to a foot in spacing between the plants. Obviously, the exact sizes and spreading will depend on the variety you choose.

Blooming during the early part of the summer, these plants make a great addition to any luau or outdoors grilling near the garden. They grow very quickly and are best when fertilized monthly. They are also tolerant to mulch for anyone wishing to minimize the amount of weeds present, while allowing the area to be more attractive.

When growing poppies, the poppy flowers grow from seeds that are either put directly into the garden or started inside and then being moved to your garden. Growing outdoors does not even require planting, you should be able to place seeds along the flowerbed and they will grow without much effort from you. If grown indoors, be sure to start approximately two weeks prior to the last frost and place them in separate containers to allow sufficient room for growth.

Also important to those growing poppies, they should be placed in partial shade or in full sun. They are relatively easy to please and can grow in a variety of different soil types. Furthermore, rest assured that these little plants should be able to survive dry spells like no other. In terms of watering, it is ideal for the soil to be slightly moist, but over watering is definitely not tolerated. Therefore, if it has rained recently it may be best to avoid watering for a little while.


However, there are a few downsides to these plants. First, they are not very tolerant of high winds, which may prove to be very damaging. Furthermore, blooms typically last only a few days, so it is recommended that you plant others nearby to keep your garden from looking sparse during the down season. Be aware of the latter issue if you are considering planting these flowers alone.

Make sure you note that one type of poppy is the opium poppy. If you have a garden consisting of opium poppy, know that you are likely breaking the law. Growing these poppies may result in a level two felony for possession. To avoid this problem, make sure you are not planting them by referring to the technical term Papaver somniferum. Typically the poppies you purchase at your local gardening store or nursery will not be opium poppies so this may be your best method for buying the legal poppies for growing purposes.

In conclusion, growing poppies is extremely easy in terms of maintenance due to their toleration for low water as well as various soil types. Be sure that you research the specific variety you are wishing to purchase to make sure you are getting what you desire. Coming in an assortment of colors, these flowers are a great addition to your home and garden. Visit your local nursery or gardening shop to obtain poppy seeds for planting these beautiful flowers that all seem to love and adore.