How to Grow Poppy Plants

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Growing poppy plants requires planting the seeds in the spring, finding a really sunny spot for planting, using good composted material and allowing the plants to dry out between watering. Learn how many poppy plants will reseed themselves in the fall... View Video Transcript

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Yolanda Vanveen

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Hi. This is Yolanda Vanveen. And in this segment, we're going to talk about how to grow poppies. Now they're so many different types of poppies. There's the Oriental poppies. They have the big dried flowers that they use for opium. There's California poppies that are just a small little seed that just are bright yellows and oranges. There's the Flanders poppies, which are red and are beautiful. And then there's the Himalayan poppies, which are real furry and gorgeous. But they all start from seeds, and they're really easy to grow. Just start them in the Spring after the last frost. Just start them by seed in a real sunny spot. You can also start them by root, if you can get the roots themselves. And then they'll grow and they'll bloom all Summer long. And they're great, because they just come back from year to year, if you live in a cold climate or a warm climate. And they're easy to grow, as long as you give them sun, good composted material, lots of water; but let them dry out in between. They never want to sit in water. And then just collect the seeds every Fall, and start the plants again, or you can give them away to friends. But a lot of times, they'll just reseed themselves. After they're done blooming, they just die back at the first frost. And then in the Spring, they just come back again, and then they grow gorgeous for that next Summer. They're really easy to grow.