Neal Winsor wrote:My friend has beautiful poppies that stay in bloom for quite some time .( she says they are poppies) ,so I got some Bread Seed poppy seeds and they have just began blooming , oh, so beautiful.
The trouble is the flower falls apart in 3 days ,and just a bulb of some sort it left . It is green and I don't find it attractive , will it flower again? or is this it for my beautiful poppy flowers
Marco Banks wrote:The poppy flower is easy to grow and produce a lot of seed per flower.
Yes, the flowers are beautiful, but they only last a couple of days. But even after the flower petals drop, they'll continue to grow for a couple more weeks, during which time the seeds fill out. That round bulb/pod where the flower used to be is what contains the seed. It's also what the opium growers use to create their product. The cut a small vertical slit in the side of the seed pod, and then a day later, scrape the gummy paste off the the pod and cut another small slit next to the first cut. They'll do this day after day with thousands of flowers, scraping a little bit of that opium paste off of each flower. That's the stuff that they refine to make morphine/heroin. Cool story, huh.
One good-sized poppy pod contains hundreds of seeds. My grandmother used to grow poppies in her garden and she would harvest pounds of the poppy seed. She really didn't have to plant them in the spring, as they would volunteer all over the place.
When you plant them, just broadcast the seed out there and rake it lightly into the soil. It's easy to over-seed, so then you'll need to thin them. If you don't thin the poppies, they won't get very big and will not produce a big seed pod. They are a cool weather plant—they did well in my grandmother's garden up in Canada, but not so great here in Southern California where I live.
They are suseptable to white powdery mildew, particularly if they are too closely planted. They like moist soil and seem to be heavy feeders (which seems to be a bit ironic to me, as they are such delicate flowers). Well fertilized soil will give you big seed pods.
If you collect seed and want to plant them next year, keep the seed in the freezer. It'll keep well that way and germinate better.
Best of luck.