Part IV |


Growing Papaver Somniferum Poppies

(Part 4 of 5):

Part one

Poppies don’t need to be watered too often Maybe once or twice a week is fine. But when you do water, give it a nice soaking.

This will promote strong root growth. Poppies also like as much sun as possible. Put them in an open field where they will get a lot of sun.

  • Week 6

    Cabbage Stages:

    Up until this point, poppies can seem to be very “slow growing”. Many people worry if their Poppies might be “Stunted” (which DOES happen).
    Papaver-Somniferum Poppy Cabbage Stage

    Papaver Somniferum: Cabbage Stage

    or they may wonder how the heck they will get big enough to grow those Big beautiful Blooms and Pods their known for- in time for Solstice.

    But, once the Poppy reaches this “Cabbage Stage”, it will go into ‘RAPID GROWTH‘.

    Especially if it’s getting at least a few hours of FULL SUN each day.

    That’s because the Sun beats down on all that Green Foliage, absorbing mass amounts of energy, then suddenly it’s like a Photo-Synthetic Explosion!!

  • Week 7


    Somniferum Poppy pre bloom Stage

    7 to 8 weeks

      Poppies can thrive in both Alkaline and Acidic soils. A good neutral ph will do. But Poppies suck up a LOT of Nutrients from the Soil.

      For quick release of Nutrients, I suggest using Water Soluble Organic fertilizers. Adding BLOOD MEAL to your soil, which is rich in Nitrogen, will promote ‘Green Growth’.  Then, for the Flowering Stage, a high Phosphorus fertilizer such as BAT or SEABIRD GUANO will work great since they’re water soluble, you can make tea or top dress. 

      For Long Lasting, Slow-Release Nutrients, use NON Water Soluble Fertilizers: Use Supplements such as Feather Meal & Bone Meal, instead. GREENSAND, will help loosen compacted soils and promote Root growth.

  • Week 8

    Pre-Bloom Begins

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    Papaver Somniferum Poppies Pre-Bloom Stage

    Papaver Somniferum Poppies Pre-Bloom Stage

    Many people think that this is the actual “Pod” of the Poppy, but in fact, it is only the encasing that holds the flower (and pod) all inside just prior to blooming.
    They tend to create a “Gooseneck” effect at first, then they begin to erect upwards the day before they bloom.
    The actual Pod doesn’t come until later, after the Flower Petals fall (which only takes 24-48 hours)



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  1. carol
    05/15/2017 @ 9:11 am

    The only video that works is 1-2 on first page. Everytime I try growing, they get about 6-7″ tall and start to flower. Each stem has about 6-8 tiny pods (or flowers) that are yellow. The flowers are super small , then turn into that white fuzz looking weed stuff that you can blow away. They have never grown into a pod. Am I suppose to take the flowers off or remove all but one flower? Obviously all these cant be pods because a stem wouldn’t be able to hold up 4-6 pods. I only had access to part 1-2. No info in part3-4. Just tell me is the plant not getting enuf sun, or am I supposes to be removing the flowers. They are more like buds. Flower is only about 1/2 “. Ive tried removing them and not touching or removing. Ive also tried removing some and leaving some. This is the 3rd year. Starting to think its impossible


    • OrganicalBotanicals
      05/16/2017 @ 6:27 pm

      Wow, you’re this first person in several years to mention that. Sorry about that. I DID just go though and make some changes to those actually, so maybe you tried while I was editing.
      If they still aren’t showing up, Perhaps you don’t have the Latest Version of Flash or Java installed (because these are tested across Multiple Browsers and Operating Systems, and all are working fine.
      But, for now, be sure to view this Tutorial on a DESKTOP or LAPTOP ONLY. Also, if you’re not seeing the Videos themselves embedded into the Page, Simply Click the BIG RED Image at the TOP that says PLAY (Fullscreen)” – Lastly, JUST in case you cant see THAT, you can View ANY VIDEO from ANY Page by Clicking the VERY FIRST Text TITLE for that section.
      So for Part 3, Just click on “MORE STAGES:”- just beside where it says “WEEK 4”.

      Same for Part 4. If you don’t see the obviously LARGE RED “PLAY” Image,
      Simply click the title beside “Week 6” that says: “CABBAGE STAGES:
      Otherwise, you can always see all our Videos at our Channels at Youtube: Channel 1 | or Channel 2.
      Or, if using Mobile or Tablet, follow the Links on the 1st Part to the MOBILE VERSION

      But to answer your question, you’re planting the WRONG KIND of POPPIES!!
      You need Papaver Somniferum. That’s why we sell them. Because, although legal, they aren’t very easy to find. And if you do, it’s hard to know what result you’ll get.
      But what you described, sounds like Champagne Poppies (Papaver nudicaule), and I know exactly what you mean.
      There is a small yellow center. I know.
      But so does almost 80% of every Flower that exists.
      That’s due to the natural Color of Pollen. Yellow.

      There are even poppies that produce FULL Size Pods LIKE THIS, but they aren’t Somniferum. Those are Oriental (see comparison HERE).

      There are over 50 types of Poppies. Just Search Google for “Papaver” and view the Wiki Page

      But to simplify it, here’s an easy way to put it for you. Somniferum Poppies do NOT Grow in these Colors: Orange, Yellow, Peach, or Blue (although “Blue” is sometimes used to describe a Color, but when referring to Somniferum, it means “Purple/Violet” – Such as with the “Hungarian Blue“).
      Not sure why, but it may have to do with their Seed Color.

      Of course, the name “Hungarian Blue” sounds a lot like another Blue Poppy, “Himalayan Blue” (Papaver Meconopsis), it’s easy to see why people get confused.

      Hope this helps,


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