Discussion in 'GARDENING & HORTICULTURE' started by FallenOak, Mar 18, 2016.
The first of many blooms are coming up from seed I saved from my old home and transplanted anew
Looking loverly! I'll be happy to follow along for this thread. I'm a sucker for a pretty flower! Glad there are some other poppy farmers out here. I should have a bunch to share this season. Still fairly early for me where I am so I'm playing around indoors with a few strains..
Went to my old house in the city to pick up the fish tank of my now defunct aquaponics system, and the poppies had taken over the compost pile and are making some monsters.
These are the source of the seed I planted at my new place.
More puurty fluuurrs...
Are those active or just pretty?
Papaver somniferum, yes they contain morphine and codeine along with a slew of other alkaloids.
shape of the pod in the first photo and the flowers would lead me to believe they are papaver somniferum and active.
edit: beat me to it.
they contain alkaloids that help with nausea and constipation too.
Are they hard to grow?
No, not at all. As you can see they are growing out of my gravel driveway. Sow a bunch of seed and neglect it is my method, they always seem to proliferate with the least of care after an initial sowing, probably because each pod makes what seems like thousands of tiny seeds and they self sow readily.
That's a nice variety. Poppies are one of my favorites to grow.
Nice looking flowers. I'm a month or two behind you, only my second time growing them with any degree of success.
Lookin good grainbrain!
Caught this one right before opening.
San Pedro and poppies living together
The biggest poppies to come up yet, in a spot in the pasture where the grasses never came back after winter.
A wild poppy plant came up right next to my cultivated ones, a very happy coincidence
Beautiful work Fallen
Thanks KP, they're fun and easy to grow and a good medicinal herb to keep around.
Do you scratch the pods or do you just harvest and dry?
A decoction with fresh pods, about 12 in a qt of water, boiled for 10 min, with lemon juice flavor and that will do the trick
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