How to Germinate Poppy Seeds


Poppies add color and whimsy to any flower garden, and they are easy to grow. Simply broadcast your poppy seeds, water them well, fertilize them and in two to three months, you will have a flourish of color in your flower garden. After the flowers are gone, you can place poppy seeds in a bird feeder or use them in the kitchen to top bagels, bread or cookies.

Step 1

Choose a location for your poppies that provides full sun for as much of the day as possible. Poppies do not grow well in even partial shade.

Step 2

Till the soil. Poppy seeds will grow in almost any type of soil. Add 2 inches of aged compost and an organic fertilizer (according to the manufacturer's instructions) to help your poppies reach their potential.

Step 3

Mix your poppy seeds with sand to keep them from growing too close together when you sprinkle them on the ground.

Step 4

Broadcast (sprinkle) your seed-sand mixture where you would like your poppies to germinate. You can sprinkle them in rows, along a border or in a mass planting.

Step 5

Water the soil well, but do not soak it. Continue to water your poppies regularly. Poppy seeds take one to four weeks to germinate.

Step 6

After the seedlings reach 5 to 6 inches tall, thin the seedlings so they are 8 to 10 inches apart. This step is optional, but thinned poppies will be fuller.

Things You'll Need

  • Aged organic compost
  • Organic fertilizer


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