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Sowing of poppies

Sowing of poppies

Question: How do I sow my poppies?

hi, in 15 days I get some wonderful poppy seeds, what do you advise me, or where and how to plant them and whether to make them 1 greenhouse


Sowing poppies: Answer: how poppies are sown

Dear Emanuele,

more than one hundred species belong to the papaver genus, to which must be added the many cultivar and hybrid garden varieties, selected for their particular colored flowers; they are perennials and annuals, most of which survive the Italian winters; the annuals obviously die in the first cold of October or November, but generally every single seed capsule produced by the small plants contains hundreds of dark, tiny seeds, which spread on the ground, giving rise to new seedlings the following year.

In general, therefore, in Italian gardens where I was able to enjoy the flowering of poppies, they had been sown directly in the garden; in fact, poppies are not very common in Italy, as a garden plant I mean, they enjoy greater success in the United Kingdom, where they are planted and left to go wild.

There are some perennial species, which survive the winter without problems, but having no indication from you, it is difficult to know whether you will sow perennial or annual poppies.

In any case, if you believe it is a perennial species or variety, but fear that it may freeze during the winter, you can always sow some in home, and some in pots, so you can place the pots in a sheltered area, or in a cold greenhouse during the winter months.

In any case, choose a very sunny area of ​​the garden for sowing, and work the land well with the hoe; if the soil in your garden is very clayey and compact, mix a little sand and universal soil, so as to make the mixture softer and improve drainage; smooth the surface of the soil well, and water abundantly; then scatter the seeds.

Poppy seeds are tiny, they are well known to everyone, as they are generally used to decorate and flavor bread and some sweets; to better distribute them on the ground it is advisable to mix them with a little sand, so as to clearly see where we have already placed the seeds, and where instead we have not put them; then with the back of the shovel we press lightly on the ground, to make the seeds adhere well, and we cover with a very thin layer of fine soil or vermiculite (found in building material shops). Vermiculite has the advantage of being very light, and therefore holds the seeds in position, but does not prevent the young shoots from rising; in addition to this it is light in color, and therefore allows the seeds to remain in a very bright place, which favors germination.

In the following days, when the soil dries up, water further, trying to vaporize the water.


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