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Growing Papaver Somniferum Poppies

(Part 5):

Video PART 5: How to Identify and Harvest Papaver Somniferum Poppy Seed Pods

Pre-Bloom | 9 to 10 weeks
Pre-Bloom | 9 to 10 weeks
Pre-Bloom | 10 to 11 weeks
Pre-Bloom | 10 to 11 weeks
Pre-Bloom | 11 to 12 weeks
Pre-Bloom | 11 to 12 weeks

Poppies will begin to bloom 10 to 12 weeks from the time you plant them. Their pedals will drop after about 48 to 72 hours. Then the pods will continue to grow for the next couple weeks. During this period, it’s very important not to water them unless absolutely necessary. Once pods turn brown and begin to rattle with seeds, they are ready for harvest.

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Bloom | 12-13 Weeks
Bloom | 12-13 Weeks
Bloom | After 24 Hours
Bloom | After 24 Hours
Post Bloom 13 to 14 Weeks
Post Bloom 13 to 14 Weeks
Pods Ready for Seed Harvest
Pods Ready for Seed Harvest

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  1. Joshua
    04/05/2017 @ 2:53 pm

    I planted my poppies at the beginning of February and here it is the beginning of April and it seems my plants are stalled out despite plenty of liquid 10-10-10. They did get some spider mites for about a week, and the spray i used to kill the mites burned the tips of the leaves. I’m hoping that didn’t effect the whole plant.

    Here is a link to a pic of them at 8-9 weeks, let me know what you think.

    http://i178.photobucket.com/albums/w250/jschar/Mobile%20Uploads/IMG_20170405_162724937_zpsijohookq.jpg

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    • OrganicalBotanicals
      04/05/2017 @ 6:23 pm

      If they were small black bugs on the bottom side of the lower leaves, they don’t harm your plant. they’re just “Drug Bugs”.

      The only thing to worry about at this stage, with how close together they are (too bad u didn’t thin them down just a little more, because they have potential) is Stem Rot at the base where the stem meets the earth. Don’t let too much moisture build up down there.

      SO if there are ever any wet, floppy dead leaves down at the bottom, clear them out.
      I have no experience with chemicals, otherwise I’d be able to help.
      Poppies are basically considered to be poison to all pests including deer.

      That doesn’t mean they won’t come take small bites at the base of each leaf node, just to see if it’s edible (thereby killing every plant, leaving all the leaves laying on the ground)

      Which has happened to half my crop already this year.
      Can’t tell if it’s a Mole or a bird or what.

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    • JJ
      08/31/2017 @ 10:48 pm

      do the pods grow back after you cut them off?

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      • OrganicalBotanicals
        09/27/2017 @ 8:18 pm

        Not the same ones. You mean once they’re brown? They’re done. Over. Finished.
        Begin from seed again next cycle.
        That’s an Annual for ya. LOL.

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  2. Kween Frostine
    11/03/2017 @ 12:32 am

    Great site!

    This might sound weird/gross/lame, but can diluted human urine really be used as fertilizer for poppies & other crops? I read that you can “enrich” the soil with urine (1 cup in 8 cups of water) prior to planting your seeds & it will give them a good balance of nitrogen, potassium & phosphorus for their whole lifespan. Urine also supposedly has the benefit of scaring off some predators like coyotes & the like.

    Would this be a worthwhile avenue for someone with no access to store-bought soil or fertilizer? I’m putting everything straight in the ground this Feb/Mar & trying to be discreet about my grow, hence the “no access to soil or ferts” thing. Wish me luck! 🙂

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    • OrganicalBotanicals
      11/19/2017 @ 3:04 am

      Not right away. The urine would be harmful at first, but after about 3 Years, it breaks down to Usable Nutrients. Or, you could always Sterilize/Pasturize it. But there are better Fertilizers.
      Some Predators it will deter, others, it may Attract. So that part’s a Draw.
      NO NEED FOR “STORE BOUGHT” Soil at all!!
      That’s for POTS ONLY.
      It’s BEST to Plant into the Earth’s Own Dirt.
      -OrgBot

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  3. Eve's Leaves
    01/05/2018 @ 10:26 pm

    Hi! Great site. Really helpful.

    Just wondering if strong winds (30-70 mph) and thunderstorms will kill large poppies once the flowering stem has gone up? We get some WILD weather here in the Spring but the Winters are too icy & cold to plant in the Fall. Tornadoes are common, but even when they don’t strike in my yard the winds they bring can be intense. I don’t have anything with which to cover poppies where I’ll be planting them. They’ll just be out in the open behind a row of cedars. (I’m also growing one poppy in a pot so I can move it if necessary, but it’d suck to get the others to the adult stage only to watch them bend & break in a storm). This is a low budget grow & has to be stealthy as well so I don’t have the luxury of using nets, fencing, etc that would draw attention to them.

    Thank you!

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    • OrganicalBotanicals
      01/15/2018 @ 1:13 pm

      As long as you stayed true to what is explained in THIS TUTORIAL, and you gave it plenty of room to grow a thick stalk – they should be ok, but I always run a Support Line down my rows as I show in the Video within THIS PAGE.
      Hope this helps.
      Thanks

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  4. Overseer
    05/18/2018 @ 1:52 am

    Hi, thank you for all the information you have posted. Would you be willing to look at the plant I’ve managed to grow? It’s been about 9-10 weeks since germination and there is no sign of it growing a flower stalk. This is the only one that has survived our slug/snail issue as it was potted. It’s recently attracted what you called drug bugs and aphids. any advice there as well? Thank you

    https://imgur.com/a/28ndegt

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    • OrganicalBotanicals
      05/22/2018 @ 4:52 am

      That appears to be perfectly healthy. unless you see BLACK Foliage in the Center (in which case, spray Neem Oil or a Plant Detergent to rid plant of bugs), Otherwise, it should begin it’s “Rapid Growth” Stage soon (Bolting).
      A stem will shoot up from the Center. Just make sure it gets a good watering every 2-3 days all the way up until the Pods have dried
      Thanks!

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