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Question: how do I sow my poppies?

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


Poppy sowing: Answer: how poppies are sown

Dear Emanuele,

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

Generally, therefore, in the Italian gardens where I was able to enjoy the flowering of the 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 sown at home and left to grow wild.

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

In any case, if you think it is a perennial species or variety, but you are concerned that it may freeze during the winter, you can always sow some of them at 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 well-sunny area of ​​the garden for planting, 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, in order to make the mixture softer and improve drainage; smooth the surface of the soil well, and water abundantly; then spread the seeds.

The poppy seeds are tiny, they are well known to all, as they are generally used to decorate and flavor bread and some sweets; to better distribute them on the ground it is convenient to mix them in a little sand, in order to see well where we have already positioned the seeds, and where we have not placed 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 mold or vermiculite (it is found in construction material stores). Vermiculite has the advantage of being very light, and therefore holds the seeds in position, but does not prevent young shoots from rising; in addition to this it is light in color, and therefore allows the seeds to remain in a well-lit place, which favors germination.

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

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