Growing Poppies Hydroponically

Overview

Poppy plants are available as an annual or perennial in a variety of sizes and colors. The plants are propagated by planting seeds, which can be grown indoors after collection. The seedlings can be grown in a hydroponics system once they have grown established roots and buds are present. Hydroponically grown poppies can remain growing indoors or transplanted to a flower bed once there is no longer a risk of frost in spring.

Step 1

Sow seeds in a tray of seed-starting medium six to eight weeks prior to planting the hydroponics system. Cover the tray with clear plastic and place it in a warm location with indirect sunlight.

Step 2

Thin the seedlings when they reach 1 inch in height by cutting off the competing seedlings at the soil level.

Step 3

Replant the poppy seedlings into a hydroponics system once the buds have formed. Rinse the seed-starting soil gently from each poppy plant root system prior to planting it in a hydroponics pot.

Step 4

Pot the seedlings in the hydroponics pot filled with rock wool. The type of pot will vary based on the hydroponics system being used.

Step 5

Mix the nutrient water at a level of 3 tbsp. fertilizer per 1 gallon of water being used. Connect the hydroponics system and turn on the pump system. Use a liquid fertilizer that is recommended for poppy plants.

Step 6

Set up the high-pressure sodium light to shine on the poppy plants. This light type works better for poppy plants than a halide lamp.

Things You'll Need

  • Poppy seeds
  • Seed starting tray
  • Seed starting medium
  • Clear plastic
  • Water
  • Scissors
  • Hydroponics system
  • Rock wool
  • Liquid fertilizer
  • High-pressure sodium light

References

  • The National Gardening Bureau: Planting Poppies
  • Complex Garden: Growing Poppies Hydroponically
  • Starting a Simple Hydroponic Garden
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About this Author

Jennifer Loucks has over 10 years of experience as a former technical writer for a software development company in Wisconsin. Her writing experience includes creating software documentation and help documents for clients and staff along with training curriculum. Loucks holds a Bachelor of Science major from the University of Wisconsin - River Falls specializing in animal science and business.