STUNTED GROWTH? WEAK STEMS? POPPIES FLOPPED OVER & APPEAR UNHEALTHY?
How Floppy Young Poppies will Thrive…
JUST, Later in Life!
How many of you have been able to get Poppies to Sprout, but then…..Nothing!?
The FIrst main Variables would be:
- Temperature – Must be between 35º and 65º Degrees (ºF) for Germination
- Light – Must have FULL SUN (for at least a few hours per day)
- Space – Over-Crowding is bad during the sprouting stage – You must Thin Them down to just one every 12″-18″ Eventually
This is something many people struggle with and is VITAL information, so I’m adding it to the Tutorial. As we all know, poppies grow Pods full of Seeds once mature. Therefore, they can become Top-Heavy and they need to be able to withstand heavy winds without breaking because their Seeds take 2 to 4 Weeks to mature inside the Pod after flowering, but ONLY if the Plant is still ROOTED with Stem IN TACT.
SO WHY AM I TELLING YOU THIS??
Because the above info is the reason why Poppies create for themselves an extra 1/2″ length of Stem towards the base which may make them appear to “lay down” or “Flop Over” during the Seedling stages. Some people panic and cover this additional length stem by adding more soil at the base.
STOP!! THIS WILL COMPLETELY STUNT THEIR GROWTH!
The additional length of Stem, creates a “hinge-like” effect at the base of the stem so their Stems won’t Snap before their Seeds get a chance to mature. This also helps them to reproduce in Nature -so when the Rains come, and the Pods get too heavy from the water weight, any remaining seeds inside the pod await, on the ground, for nature to take it’s Course.