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Growing Papaver Somniferum Poppies

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Part one

     Some people prefer to start them indoors under lights, but be sure to start them in Peat Pellets, as poppies do not transplant well because they have very sensitive root systems and one very long Tap Root that can be damaged easily; killing the plant.

    But once they sprout, you should put down some Slug Bait. Slugs love to eat tender, young seedlings. I suggest using SLUGGO because the active ingredient is iron phosphate, which is completely harmless to pets and animals, and remains even after it rains.

  • Week 3

    Protect Sprouts Outdoors:

       Be sure to be aware of all the creatures that will ruin your poppy growing experience. Birds, for one, like to eat poppy seeds. So you may need protect against them.

    Poppy Sprout at 2 to 3 Weeks

    2 to 3 Weeks

  • Week 4

    <--Alternatives from Video

        I use Clear Plastic Cups and place them upside-down, to use as mini “greenhouses” until they out grow the cup – or, you can put up a net above the seeds until they sprout.

Using a Plastic Cup as a Mini Greenhouse for growing Poppies

Plastic Cup / Greenhouse Method



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  1. Jessee
    01/07/2017 @ 5:42 pm

    Hey man I thought that I had sum poppy plants
    Turns out that i think that I’ve been growing the wrong plants now
    For 4 months and I live in southern Louisiana.. So by now I should have sum nice healthy plants with giant
    Pods right? Wrong not one pod.
    I thought that I had sum at first with little
    White lowers that made purple berries which turn out
    Not to be them bc then the berries started to fall off.. i
    Dnt know what I’m doing wrong I’ve tried the just spreading them on the ground, 5 gallon buckets, filling and my entire back yard then speeding
    The send. I’ve had sum sprout but they always end up dieing. Made should I try an in door set up? I’m willing to try almost anything. Advice wouldn’t be appreciated maybe a raised bed? It hasn’t snowed yet and it
    Hasn’t rain in 2 weeks until today I’m gona try in the 5
    Gallon buck maybe go get some sand and rocks and layer it with soil.. I figure I’ve done
    Grown everything from fruit trees to can nabis from seeds I’m gona get the hang of this…


    • OrganicalBotanicals
      01/08/2017 @ 2:25 pm

      You should read some of the replies I have answered to other Users (@ ‘Part 1’)
      Cuz you’re not the only person who has had a hard time getting past the “Seedling” Stage with Poppies.
      And I’ve answered every Variable possible.

      But most of the time, the THREE most Common mistakes people make, are these:

      1.)- The “Temperature” (they will ONLY thrive in Cool Temps during the seedling stage, yet, they like FULL Sunlight. (which is why I wouldn’t suggest trying to grow indoors).
      Sometimes people associate Poppies with Cannabis (maybe it’s a “Drug” thang) but they are NOTHING CLOSE.

      Growing a “Weed” is MUCH easier, in fact, I put more effort into KILLING weeds than I do growing them! LOL
      However, I DO have experience growing Cann. (both indoor and outdoor) several years ago.

      Try to remember this next time you grow: Poppies are “sensitive little bitches”.
      They hate transplanting. Sometimes they do better if left alone.

      2.)- Another common thing that happens is, when growing outdoors, Birds will eat the seeds before they sprout almost 100% of the time unless you use protection (as seen in Part 2 of this Tutorial- And IT’S Youtube VIDEO
      – As well as Part 3 -Also SEE VIDEO #3

      That’s because poppies can take up to 2 weeks to sprout and they require Light to do so, therefore, you have to leave them outside that whole time.

      Humans tend to “under estimate” the ‘Bird’, but Birds know how to survive, part of such survival includes eating your Seeds.
      And they know when humans have planted something in the ground or in pots.
      And they have TWO whole weeks to snag them.

      Then, what ends up sprouting, are usually native weeds flown in by the wind, or by the bird’s poop.
      So unless you have experience growing poppies, you’ll be growing weeds.
      I’ve actually had someone accuse me of sending them “Fake Poppy Seeds” once because of this.
      (which makes no sense since it doesn’t cost me anything to send someone Poppy Seeds that I grew, whereas, I’d have to go buy seeds somewhere if I were to do that – Not to mention that anyone who’s had a Bagel, knows what Poppy seeds look like- LOL)

      3.)- If it’s not Birds that eat the seeds, it’s Slugs that can eat them right as they sprout. Sometimes the slugs are really small (like 1/4″ long), so, again – PROTECTION.

      If you live in a warmer area, don’t follow the plastic Cup method shown in this Tutorial.
      Instead, see our “LATE BLOOMERS” Tutorial.


  2. Sonya
    02/15/2017 @ 5:13 pm


    Great website, I found it through youtube. Okay so two things. First off, I put my seeds (a few each) in an ice cube tray and froze, then thawed, then refroze them. I read that will help them germinate, not sure if that is true. Is that okay?

    Secondly, I thawed them out and put them in the little peet moss pods tonight. Right now they are in the fridge but I am in a quandry as to what to do next. I live in the Southeast, if I make a greenhouse out of tupperware the temps will likely get too high during the day if they are in the sun (we are having days in the mid to high 70’s now even though it is February). Should I use netting instead of a tupperware container? Should I shade them to keep the temps lower? I could also put them in a back room and use a reptile full spectrum light, if I keep the light a ways away it may stay under 65 degrees.

    Any advice? Thank you so much! Your videos are very helpful too.


    • OrganicalBotanicals
      02/15/2017 @ 7:28 pm

      Hi. If you scroll up to my reply to the Comment RIGHT above yours, most of your answers were there for you already. LOL
      But Yeah, the Plastic Dome is for COOL Weather ONLY. And they need FULL SUNLIGHT. If they began to germinate during the first time you thawed them (I’m talking on a Microscopic level), then they may not sprout if you re-froze them.

      I have NEVER put seeds in the Freezer or Fridge (this will be my 17th Season now), and I get 6′ Foot+ Poppies every year. Must be another one of those “Poppy Myths” people spread.

      But I like to give FACTS. Ones I can back.

      I have created TWO Additional VIDEO TUTORIALS on how to go about Planting Seeds Directly into Garden Rows using NETTING and/or MESH, and Twine tied to posts at each end of your Garden rows for support (but I am still editing the Videos).
      However, I have provided a FULL TUTORIAL on this CALLED “LATE BLOOMERS”. (as I mentioned MY REPLY) to a previous Comment. (WHICH IS RIGHT ABOVE YOURS!!).
      You’ll learn a LOT more about Growing Poppies from reading the 100+ Comments on this Tutorial then you will anywhere.
      Okay, well I’m off to create a F.A.Q. Section before Google Penalizes my Rankings for Duplicate Content.


  3. Sonya
    02/16/2017 @ 5:34 am

    Thank you. Please don’t get mad, but how long do I need to keep the seeds cool? Until the sprouts are a week old or??? Since I will be artificially cooling them (probably using ice in a styrofoam box outside) I would like to know how long this is necessary.


    • OrganicalBotanicals
      02/16/2017 @ 3:08 pm

      It takes 7 to 14 days for them to sprout WITH LOTS of LIGHT.
      They won’t transplant, so be sure they are in bio-degradable pots or in final planting place.


  4. Sonya
    02/17/2017 @ 10:40 am

    Great. Thank you so much. I think I will sow some outside, and also try to sprout some in a styrofoam cooler inside with a full spectrum light which may or may not be bright enough, though at least the cooler/ice keeps the temps in the 50s. Hopefully one of the methods will work. Thanks again for your time.


  5. Wm
    03/07/2017 @ 10:29 am

    Poppies will transplant. One must be very cautious not to destroy tap root. This requires finesse but entirely feasible.


    • OrganicalBotanicals
      03/07/2017 @ 8:00 pm

      True. Thank you.
      But I wouldn’t recommend trying it unless you’re VERY Experienced. (and since most people who read a TUTORIAL about growing them, probably aren’t that experienced, is why I suggested against transplanting)
      But if it MUST be done, it’s better to do when plants are YOUNG (4″-6″ Max.)

      As shown in our “Poppy Laws” Article, we buy LIVING Somniferum Plants (and even LIVE, GREEN PODS in water) sometimes.
      Sold right at our Grocery Store in the USA!!

      So it CAN be done, and we do it all the time.

      But I would hate to hear about everyone’s Poppies Dying, if I were to “Suggest” it in this Tutorial.

      But thank you Wm, for your input.
      We welcome it!


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