8 Comments

  1. David Stroud
    11/03/2014 @ 1:17 pm

    Thanks for this very helpful USDA Zone Map!! I’ve always wondered what Zone I lived in. Now I do.
    -David S.

  2. John Fitzgerald
    03/15/2016 @ 5:04 pm

    This is a great place for beautiful plants. The likes of which I can`t wait to see. I was wondering if I could put these with my sun flower plants as the combo would be magnificent. What time of year to start the planting we are at the Ides Of March and ready for some fun. Aina Haina Alu like dat. About how big can my garden be or how small? How about the soil we are kinda sandy but then we have volcanic soil too . Any advice would be applied.
    Mahalo
    -John Fitzgerald

  3. David senat
    08/24/2017 @ 9:50 am

    I live in zone 9a&am looking for tips on growing poppies somniferum. It is my 1st time&i have threw seeds out&nothing! Idk if it is where I bought my seeds or what it’s not cold here I hear they like to sprout in the colder temps.i need some tips on growing&where to buy good seeds also ty for your time & info

  4. daveromanowski
    10/11/2018 @ 9:40 am

    still waiting for my order to come since September 26th

  5. marshombre
    05/08/2019 @ 8:39 am

    I have read many posts here and I see people having the same problems that I did when I started growing poppies. You have to realize that you are farming and you have to dedicate a hour or two everyday in your garden. If you don’t put in the work your results will be small plants with few pods or they will die from neglect. Everyday you need to water, weed, protect from animals, high winds and cut off dead lower leaves when the plants fruit to keep the stems dry. When the plants are cabbage to bolt stage they need to be fertilized every two weeks. Most problems are from plant spacing. Plants that are planted too close together will not let air circulate enough to keep the lower stems dry which leads to stems getting soggy and the plant dies from damping off fungus. This year I spaced my plants 12″ apart with great results. Next year I’m going to space at 16″ because at 12″ the plants overlap in th cabbage stage. I tried using an Earthbox one year with amazing results until this problem happened to all the plants at the same time. The problem is that potting mix is always damp in an Earthbox and poppies need well drained soil.

    Timing is critical, you have to plant at the precise time for your location. I live in zone 9a so the seedling have to be in the ground the 1st or 2nd week of December. This year we had a hard rain here for 3days straight the same week I planted my seedlings. Over half off the seedlings died, the rain just pounded them flat so I had to germinate more plants. Some of the plants were not in the ground until mid- January and never flowered. My plants start blooming every year around March 18- 20 and continue to flower for a month or longer. Different poppies have varied life cycles but only the Afghans will flower in less than 100 days.
    Several of my plants died from the fungus or disease that turns the inside of the stems into a purlpe jelly and the leaves wilt. These plants had less sun exposure than the rest of my garden so I assume they were not drying out enough after watering because of lack of sunlight. No matter what you do you will lose some plants, so grow more plants and cull the sick ones.
    This year I grew several Afghans with 10 or more pods and the best one had 17 fruits. The tallest plant is a Persian Blue crossbreed that has topped out at 5’8″ with 5 large pods. Not too bad for an infidel.

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