How to Plant Poppy Flowers


Poppies are a favorite of both experienced and novice gardeners, primarily because they produce bright, showy colors and are relatively easy to grow. There are different varieties of poppies ranging in colors from orange to red to light pink, but all can grow up to 2 feet tall and produce colorful, paperlike petals. Poppies produce hundreds of seeds and reseed themselves for next year's growing season; all you have to do is get them started.

Step 1

Select a site for your poppies that receives full sun and adequate drainage.

Step 2

Prepare the poppy garden bed in the fall, after you have had your first frost. Poppy seeds need a period of cold dormancy in order to germinate.

Step 3

Remove any sod, grass or weeds from the bed location, and use a rake to gently loosen up the top inch of soil.

Step 4

Put 1 cup of sand in a plastic cup, and add your poppy seeds. Cover the cup with the palm of your hand and shake it well with the other hand. The poppy seeds and sand need to be mixed well in order to spread evenly.

Step 5

Pour a little of the sand/seed mixture in your hand and sow it over the top of the soil. Repeat this process until the poppy seeds have all been distributed.

Step 6

Water down the top of the seeded soil with a garden hose with a nozzle set to "shower" or "mist" setting. You can also use a watering can if it has shower nozzle on the end.

Tips and Warnings

  • Do not cover seeds when you sow them on the ground, or they may not receive enough light to germinate.

Things You'll Need

  • Shovel
  • Rake
  • Plastic cup
  • Sand
  • Garden hose with shower nozzle or watering can with shower nozzle


  • The Gardener's Rake: How To Grow Red Poppies From Seed
  • Texas A&M University Extension: Poppy
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About this Author

A freelance writer for more than 12 years, Traci Vandermark has written extensively on health and fitness topics. She is a student of health, fitness and nutrition at the International Institute Of Holistic Healing, certified by the American Association of Nutritional Consultants. Her articles have appeared in Catskill Country Magazine, The Lookout Magazine, Capper's, Birds and Blooms and Country Discoveries, to name a few.