1. Subhut
    10/05/2016 @ 7:51 am

    I am having the problem you describe in your page, but my plants always die.

    I have tried Papaver somniferum 3 years in a row. Varieties “Danish flag” and “Hen & Chickens”, but they all die after a few weeks of growth.

    A number of years ago, I succeeded in growing one specimen of Hen & Chickens in a pot to flowering and seed-setting. I don’t remember what type of soil I used, and whether or not I put vermiculite into it, but I haven’t had vermiculite to use for the last 10 years.

    Stems are incredibly spindly, and seem much thinner than needed to support the massive plant above it.

    When seeds of these varieties are strewn on ground where another Papaver species naturally grows, no seedlings seem to appear.

    What am I doing wrong?

    I have included some pictures of growth, including as the plants begin to die.


    Thank you.


  2. subhut
    01/12/2017 @ 10:36 am


    So sorry for my late reply.

    I got an email notification of your reply on november 24th 2016, but I can’t find in here on the site. In fact, I can’t even find the letter you responded to. It said:

    “8 Weeks is more than half way to full Maturity, so that means they’re dying off when in the Cabbage Stage?
    The only explanation for that would be:

    -Too hot
    -Not enough Sunlight
    -Not enough Spacing
    -Or Disease/Root Rot

    Those are the main things that could effect them at this stage.

    I would just like to thank you. I am still confused, and don’t know what is wrong, but I will try this year to buy some vermiculite to make the soil more aerated, and try once more with a couple of strains.

    Thank you.


    • OrganicalBotanicals
      01/26/2017 @ 8:33 pm

      In your last Photo HERE, I can tell that they are WAY over crowded.
      You want to have only ONE Plant in that size pot at that stage.
      They can sense what’s around them, and won’t go to maturity unless they know they can.
      Haven’t you seen my Single Poppy that grew over 75+ Blooms & Pods?? (Just search “Hungarian Blue”)
      So they need more room from each other, but they also need to be in a bigger pot (5 gallon MINIMUM for a SINGLE Plant.)



  3. Matt
    01/24/2017 @ 3:12 am

    I appreciate your patience in teaching these tips to us. I haven’t sewn poppy seeds for a few years. I like your potted plant method, and am already gathering perlite, miracle gro, etc.. so I will be ready to plant when my order from organicalbotanicals arrives. Can’t wait to get started. Again, excellent growing tips. Will send pics of my mature plants in time!


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