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Sowing poppies

Sowing poppies



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Question: How do I sow my poppies?


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

Poppy seeding: Answer: how poppies are sown


Dear Emanuele,
to the genus papaver belong more than a hundred species, to which must be added the many varieties cultivars and garden hybrids, selected for the flowers of particular color; these are perennial and annual plants, most of which survive Italian winters; the annuals obviously die in the first cold of October or November, but generally every single seed capsule produced by small plants contains hundreds of tiny, dark seeds, which are spread on the ground, giving rise to new seedlings the following year.
In general, therefore, in the Italian gardens where I could enjoy the blooming poppies, they had been sown directly in the garden; in fact, poppies are not very common in Italy, as I mean garden plants, they are more successful in the United Kingdom, where they are sown and left to fool.
There are some perennial species, which survive without problems in winter, but having no indication on your part, it is difficult to know if you will plant perennial or annual poppies.
In any case, if you think it is a perennial species or variety, but themes that can freeze during the winter, you can always sow some of them in the house, and some in pots, so that you can place the pots in a sheltered area, or in a cold greenhouse, during the winter months.
In any case, choose a sunny area of ​​the garden for sowing, and work the soil with the hoe; if the earth of your garden is very clayey and compact, mix a little sand and universal soil, so as to make the dough softer and improve drainage; smooth the surface of the soil well, and water abundantly; then spread the seeds.
Poppy seeds are tiny, they are well known to everyone, as they are generally used to decorate and flavor bread and some desserts; to better distribute them on the ground it is convenient to mix them with little sand, so as to see well where we have already placed the seeds, and where instead we have not put them; therefore 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 shops selling building materials). Vermiculite has the merit of being very light, and therefore holds the seeds in position, but does not prevent the young shoots from standing up; 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 ground dries, it waters further, trying to vaporize the water.