Part III |
Part III |
(3 to 4 Weeks)
Keep the soil well drained, and moist for the first couple weeks until you see the sprouts come up. Then cut back on the watering, only watering thoroughly every few days.
This supports the development of a Long & Strong Tap root (which Poppies are known for). Plus, it lowers the chance of mold and root rot, which poppies are very susceptible to. Keep the soil moist but not too wet.
Be careful when watering not to wash away the seeds or any new sprouts. Water gently with a spray bottle, or use a drip system. I recommend a drip system with either soaker or drip hoses. If Temperatures go above 65 (F) degrees during the Seedling Stage, see our other Tutorial for Tips on how to use Shade to your advantage.
(5 to 6 Weeks)
After the sprouts begin to grow, you will have to thin your plants to at least 12″ apart. The more room you give them, the bigger they’ll get. When I say thin, I don’t mean transplant, I mean remove. Just cut the stems of the smallest and weakest ones w/ scissors, and leave the biggest and most healthy looking.
By doing this, you may have less plants, but you’ll get more flowers and pods per plant that are Big & Strong. Rather than a bunch of weak, single flowered stems, which will blow over & die on a windy day.