How to Plant Poppies From Seed

Overview

Poppy plants have been used for medicinal purposes for hundreds of years. While there is currently a shortage of studies proving that poppy in its raw form is beneficial, many people still use it to calm nerves and relax muscles (but never do so without consulting your physician first). Poppy seeds are also often used in desserts, salad dressings and sauces. When the plants reach full maturity, they bloom bright, medium-sized flowers that lighten up any yard or garden. Growing poppy plants from seeds requires much less work than many other plants. These plants are very tolerant of cold weather and can even be planted before winter and have an early spring bloom, rather than an autumn bloom like most plants.

Step 1

Prepare a plot of land to plant the poppy seeds. Poppy seeds do best in areas with full sun, but partial shade will work as well. Loosen up the soil with a hoe. This can be done in either late autumn or early spring. If you live in an area with extremely cold winters with heavy snow, wait until spring to plant the seeds.

Step 2

Moisten the prepared soil with water. The soil should be just damp to the touch. Do not add so much water that it becomes soggy.

Step 3

Sprinkle the seeds evenly over the soil. Hold your hand just a couple inches over the soil to ensure that the seeds do not blow away as they fall.

Step 4

Sprinkle a very light layer of soil over the seeds to protect them from birds and animals. The seeds need plenty sunlight to germinate, so a light dusting is all that is necessary. Even 1/8 inch of soil on top could prevent the seeds from germinating.

Step 5

Keep the moist soil for the entire duration of the plants life. Be patient because it can take as little as a week for the seeds to germinate to as long as a few months.

Step 6

Keep an eye on the plants as they grow. You may need to thin out the plants if a bunch of them start to grow. Remove the shortest plants if they start to get crowded. It is likely that the short plants will not grow to their full potential since the taller plants will take all of the sunlight.

Things You'll Need

  • Hoe
  • Water

References

  • TAMU: Poppies
  • Drugs.com: Poppy
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Kenneth Coppens is a part-time freelance writer and has been for one year. He currently writes for Demand Studios, eHow, Associated Content and is the Indianapolis Craft Beer Expert for Examiner.