Part I


Growing Papaver Somniferum Poppies

(Part 1 of 5):


Please Post Any Inquiries you have by Commenting Below and I will answer in great Detail within 24 hours MAX- so that others may Benefit from the info.

Part one

  • Week 1

    Planting Poppy Seeds

    Poppies CAN be very easy to grow, and can also grow almost anywhere in the world, and require very little maintenance (once they get going). Generally speaking, growing poppies can be done almost anywhere.

    HOW to plant, simply cast seeds on top of loose, moist soil. No need to bury them – but you can gently press them into the ground, or toss a very thin layer of soil on top. You can mix your Seeds with Sand to Spread them as you cast them, but SALT works best, as it retains Moisture, prevents clumping, AND deters Slugs from eating sprouts. 

    • WHEN to plant will depend on which USDA Zone you are located in, but generally, seeds will sprout whenever Temps rise above Freezing (32, as Poppies prefer cool Temperatures during the Germination and Seedling stages. 
    • Poppy Seeds can be planted in either FALL, early SPRING, or BOTH (depending on how Mild your Winters are.
    • Results of Planting in Fall will provide earlier, and much larger blooms the following Spring, whereas Planting in Spring will still result in a spectacular display of Blooms, but just in early Summer.

  • Week 2-3

    Germination Tips...

    Seeds take roughly 2 weeks to Sprout. Alternatively, you can plant half your seeds in the Fall, and half in the Spring, but if you get a lot of snow in your area, they’ll die.

    They prefer Temperatures to be between º33 and º65 Degrees (F) or º1-º18 Degrees (C) for germination. But can withstand warmer Temps when Mature. YES, they DO need LIGHT to Germinate and HATE Transplanting.

    For Cooler areas, you can plant Iceland Poppies



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  1. Behrad Emami
    12/16/2016 @ 3:12 pm

    Hi friends at Organical Botanicals,

    I had a question regarding ground preparation and fertilization. I noticed on a YouTube thread that it is not recommended to grow consecutively in the same garden bed year after year without proper fertilization. It was recommended that soil be fortified with a 6-3-3 fertilizer. What brand or make is good? Is Down to Earth Citrus Mix (6-3-3) a decent choice? How about a liquid 6-3-3 fertilizer? Also, when and how should the fertilizer be applied to the soil? (Should it be blended/worked into the soil or simply surface cast? Should it be applied before or during/at the same time as growing season, in this case, early Spring?)

    Thanks and I look forward to your reply.


    • OrganicalBotanicals
      12/17/2016 @ 10:38 am

      I actually use the Down to Earth Citrus Mix (6-3-3) and work it into the Soil PRIOR to planting.
      You probably ready that from one of our Videos or one of our Articles on WikiHow.
      (since it’s rare to find anyone who knows about Poppies needing more Nitrogen then any other Nutrient).


    • thegreatappreciator
      01/08/2017 @ 3:04 pm

      Thanks man. Helps a ton. Look forward to placing an order soon.


  2. Chester Copperpot
    01/07/2017 @ 6:04 pm

    Hey there, so grateful for this info and blog. Im running two LED 400 w and a 600 watt HID (metal halide until they began to flower, then HPS). To my surprise, they are doing very well. Not very large mind you, but healthy and producing. Can you possibly elaborate on the faint brown ring at the pod base that supposedly signals harvest time? I have discovered that the crowns sticking up is not really a good indicator, because they actually stick straight up on persian whites as soon as the petals drop. Do you have any additional photos of the ring?


  3. thegreatappreciator
    01/08/2017 @ 10:29 am

    Wondering if you could direct me to as many photos of the faint brown ring that forms at the base of the pod when it is ripe?


  4. John Leaf
    01/08/2017 @ 8:04 pm

    I live in hot weather climate, temperature here is about 24 celcius , i would like to know how to germinate and grow them, im trying to germinate in the fridge, do you have some method?


    • OrganicalBotanicals
      01/26/2017 @ 7:47 pm

      Yes, I have several Methods in our “LATE BLOOMERS” Tutorial HERE – None of which involve the indoors since you will need to bring them outdoors eventually, which will cause stunting.

      Be sure to read about my “ICE METHOD” (Unfortunately, I don’t have Pics of it since I live in a Cooler Climate). But there are several more solutions at that Tutorial.
      – Also be sure to read my Comment replies on that page


  5. thegreatappreciator
    01/12/2017 @ 7:14 pm

    Hello again, in your experience what alkaloid characteristics do papaver paeoniflorum have as compared to single petal types? Say for example, a Flemish Antique? I know the pod shape is very different from single-petal types. Thanks in advance


    • Chester Copperpot
      01/14/2017 @ 2:38 pm

      Also, if there was a plant with 7-8 small pods that haven’t swelled since the petals fell off. When the petals fell off the very first bloom, I cut the water. Do you think its SO dry that the pods couldnt swell and mature? Should I lighty water at that point? This is all hypothetical by the way.


      • OrganicalBotanicals
        01/26/2017 @ 8:42 pm

        You need to continue watering, but not lightly. Give it a good soaking once a week (or twice at the most)- But u need to reach the whole root system since that is where it begins. Go HERE for more info


    • OrganicalBotanicals
      01/26/2017 @ 8:37 pm

      There’s nothing about paeoniflorum that’s any more or less different than Somniferum. They are the same species. Just named different, and not ALL paeoniflorum’s are “Peony” (multi-petaled).
      It’s just a gardener’s term.
      Just as there are other flower Species that are called “Hens & Chicks”, or “Peony” for that matter.
      The pods are only shaped the way they are due to the weight of the additional petals.


  6. steve
    01/24/2017 @ 5:03 am

    i would like to know……
    are the ikkanshu seeds viable for germination
    or are they for consumption only?


    • OrganicalBotanicals
      01/26/2017 @ 9:51 pm

      ALL our Seeds are VIABLE. How else would we grow them every year to resupply our Stock?
      That’s why we Publish Thousands of New Photos, Slideshows, and Videos each year (which only shows a small percentage of our Total Crops)


      • Nicholas
        02/06/2017 @ 1:09 am

        Hello, I read that Ikkanshu seeds are dark, blueish, not white, I was curious as to yours being white, is it a hybrid ? thanks, Nick


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