1. Tim
    04/16/2017 @ 6:25 am

    How to treat gray powdery mold on poppy leaves? I purchased some afghan izmir seeds from OB. I’m located in (zone 7 I believe, South Carolina) planted in Oct’ 16, finally saw some action on Dec and now inApril’ 17 gang busters! These things are growing (still cabbage) but at a height of 2’+. NOW unfortunately I’m starting to see small gray mold on the leaves. Can I cut this away? Can I treat? Thanks for input. Hate to come this far and lose them now.
    Thanks in advance,

    • OrganicalBotanicals
      05/10/2017 @ 4:46 pm

      Did you take any Pics? I’ve never lost a Plant to mold or diseases until just now actually.
      So I’d be curious to know what it is.
      There are several products u can buy at your Local Nursery or hardware store that combat Powdery Mildew.
      If you took pics, upload to any public Image Share site (imgur, giphy, photobucket, flickr) and paste Image URL in your Comment.

  2. Tom
    06/25/2017 @ 1:43 pm

    Pardon if this is asked and answered, and if so I would greatly appreciate direction to the post:

    Assuming buds have been bagged before opening, how long should pods remain bagged after the pedals have dropped in order to ensure no cross pollination? Must the bags stay on until the pods turn brown or can they be removed soon (days, weeks?) after the pedals have dropped without worry of a hybrid seed?


    • OrganicalBotanicals
      06/27/2017 @ 10:09 am

      Only while the Petals are on, are they at risk of cross-pollination.
      As soon as the Petals fall, they should already be self Pollinated.
      I use a ‘Timed-Staggering’ Planting Method where each Variety of Poppy is Planted a couple weeks apart from the next.
      That way, once they flower, only one type of Poppy is “Flowering” at a time.

  3. OrganicalBotanicals
    08/27/2017 @ 7:10 am


    You want them to be entering their cabbage stage once the rains return and the grass stops growing. 

    So, make sure you add your nutrients to your soil before you put them in the ground. 
    N-P-K: 6/3/5

    I seem to get better results whenever I plant them outside (even if in Peat Pellets).

    Just be sure to get them into deeper soil within days of them sprouting in the Peat pellet (which only serve as a medium to germinate & separate the ones that sprout).

    Because if they feel their tap root blocked in any way, they’re done.

    If it’s too hot now. Then wait until Early Fall and try planting as the weather cools.

    They will continue growing into a cabbage even after the grass stops growing.

    If your Winters involve Snow, they’ll die if snow sits on them. 

    Or if u get one of those cold streaks, where it’s sunny, yet 20 degrees, then be sure to protect them. .

    There are several ways. You just need to cover them with a plastic container, or material, and water them with hot water.

    Also, fill some plastic bottles up w/ hot water or oil, and lay them down around the base. 

    Or anything to keep their Cells from freezing solid.

    Main priority is to keep it’s soil temp up. 

    Otherwise, if u have a mild winter such as ones that dont dump a bunch of snow, the only thing to lookout for is those cold streaks.

    Try staggering your planting by planting a few each week in the Fall to find out what time is best in your area.

    Like I say I the tutorial, “don’t put all your seeds into one basket”

    https://OrganicalBotanicals.com/tutorial-how-to-grow-somniferum-poppies/  (try to view Desktop Version – also skim through my answers to the 165+ User Comments/Questions at the bottom of that Page since those replies comprise of much more specific, detailed answers- whereas the Tutorial is more of a “General Composition”)

  4. Russell Tillery
    05/29/2018 @ 10:47 am

    I’m waiting now for some PERSIAN BLUE poppy seeds to arrive & they’re labeled as SUB-FREEZE plants, just what exactly does this imply? All of my Wiz of OZ reds & Danish Flag are doing great & I was going to wait until winter to grow the “BLUES”, but, is it necessary to wait?

  5. David
    06/03/2018 @ 1:50 am

    I planted some seeds of unknown variety that I purchased from the spice isle at the grocery store. I’m by no means a professional at this but I was successful in growing them through flowering. Based on the appearance of the flowers and shape of the pods I am suspecting they are Tasmanian alks. My question is why the resulting seeds are of a different color than the ones planted? Original seeds were a bluish color while the harvested seeds are more white/light brown. These were grown indoors and I’m certain there could not have been any cross pollination. Is it possible my flowers didn’t successfully polinate?

    • OrganicalBotanicals
      06/08/2018 @ 11:27 pm

      Yes, those are Common “Commercial Poppies” grown for Seed by the Spice Industry. (all their flowers will always be white, with a Violet Blotch near Center). Nice Flowers. Terrible Genetics and Chemical makeup) These are the ones that Fake Growers buy in Bulk, then sell on eBay (many of which use stolen Images off Google, and claim to have grown them).
      Creating attractive Titles like “Tasmanian Purple” (which isn’t even correct Terminology for the somniferum Poppy.
      • But regarding your concern about the Light Colored Seeds, my “Guess” is that you Harvested them way too early. SEEDS aren’t mature until the ENTIRE Plant turns brown after remaining in the Ground for about a month or so after they Bloom, and the Pods Rattle with Loose Seeds (seen at End of Video in Part #5).
      If harvested earlier, they will be lighter in Color.
      Thant’s because ALL Seeds are WHITE when Born inside the Pod walls. Regardless of what color they are when mature. So if you were to cut a pod in half (while still green), you would find hundreds of tiny white, immature seeds. These would NOT be Viable.
      They get darker as the Pod Matures, releasing them from their inner walls.
      Hope this answered your Question. Let me know if not.

      • David
        06/09/2018 @ 4:40 am

        Thank you for the detailed reply, this helps a lot. I am finding that there are more than a couple websites out there that are putting out bad info on growing these flowers. I apparently followed some bad advice on when to harvest. I need to hop on a computer and read through your site a bit more, it seems to have a lot of good info I’ve just had trouble navigating it on my smartphone. The store bought seeds were good practice and did actually produce pretty flowers. I have a couple Izmir Afghans coming up now from seeds I ordered from you. They are still small but looking good so far. I’m very excited to see how they turn out.

        • OrganicalBotanicals
          06/10/2018 @ 8:16 pm

          Hey David. Yes, we’re still working on implementing the Mobile Version of our Site.
          But if you’re on a Mobile Device, you’ll see a Button at the TOP of the Main Shop that says “Mobile Menu”.
          Mobile Menu Button
          But basically, if you’re using a Mobile Device, you can Access the FULL Navigation ‘Slide-Out’ Menu by clicking on the Mobile Menu Icon (see on the Upper Right of EVERY Page).
          LOOKS KINDA Like THIS: Mobile Menu Icon

          But MAY VARY in Visibility depending on the Background Color (as sometimes it may blend-in if Colors are similar)

          You can also add /amp to the end of any URL to force it to Serve up the Mobile Version of certain Pages/Posts.

          EXAMPLE (normal):

          EXAMPLE (mobile):

          Let me know if it helps.

  6. John
    07/07/2018 @ 12:38 pm

    I have succesfully gotten my seeds to sprout in zone 9b. I had to use a combination of tips from your website, so thank you for this wonderful resource. I froze/thaw the seeds DAMP but not drenched soil, in refrigerator, approximately 2 weeks (take out and re-freeze every other day); later moving to refrigerator for appx 1 month.

    The key was using the ‘ice method’ you recommend for germination. About a week of your ice method, the seeds sprout wonderfully and reliably.

    Now, I am having some issues with seedlings shriveling up. I think, but not certain, this is because it’s too dry here. What kind of environment to you recommend (temp wise) for seedlings? How often should I water them – is 2-3x a day too much if its very dry here?

    • OrganicalBotanicals
      07/07/2018 @ 6:26 pm

      Well, it seems as though you missed your Window to Plant (probably during the time you spent futzing around with the Refrigerator (something we NEVER suggest, (nor have we tried it).
      In my opinion, it’s just one of those things you hear in Forums & Blogs about poppies. Maybe it helps, but only because Poppies NEED “Cool-ness”, so perhaps it imitates snow on the ground.?¿?

      Nevertheless, you DID find success once you used our Ice Method.
      Which is great to hear!
      Many others have also told me it worked wonders for them.
      But like I’ve said a thousand times, in almost EVERY Tutorial we have, Seeds AND Seedlings Require Temps between 35°-70°f to make it to maturity (where they can withstand Temps up to 90°-95°f).
      It can be a bit complex to explain, but it has to do with their reproductive Genes sensing whether or not their current environment, is cool enough for them to make it to Maturity (reproduction age) without over-heating.
      Any indicator that tells them otherwise, will cause them to do exactly what you are describing.
      It’s just programmed in their Genetics.

      There aren’t really any other reasons for them to do that.

      But there ARE things you can do, to “keep them fooled” long enough until they can make it on their own.

      I go over these things in our “Late Bloomers” Tutorial (the one that talks about the Ice Method)
      -Using Perlite on top of soil
      -The many uses of Shade (during peak daylight)
      -Continue to water them with Ice Cubes (the goal is to cool down the SOIL)

      I can’t advise u on “How often” to water them, since it depends on too many variables (but u can’t really over-water them)

      Keep in mind, that just because they prefer “FULL SUN”, doesn’t mean they need a “FULL DAY” of Sun.
      EXAMPLE: You can expose them to the MORNING SUN ONLY (by either planting them on either side of an object like a House, or by moving them out of afternoon sun, if in Pots).

  7. John
    07/08/2018 @ 11:37 am

    Gotcha. Thank you for your respsone and this great website.

Leave a Reply

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

ACCEPTED PAYMENT OPTIONS: All Major Credit/Debit Cards, Paypal™, Money Orders, Most Cyrypto-Coins, and Zelle™ B2B/P2P Instant Mobile Bank Payments.