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It works better if you make sure that the soil surface is a bit rough, so the poppies have somewhere to lodge.
I have done this in previous yeras with good results
I tried planting in cells with a light covering of soils so I know what they where when they where coming through. (I got a new garden in April and I'm still not sure whats going to apper!)
Nothing came up, so I don't know if it helps a little or not but personally I'm going to rule out this method!
Poppies need light to germinate, so covering them is not a good idea. They also dislike root disturbance, so are best sown where they are to grow.
I always use the scatter method with great success. I have tried cells but they did not like being transplanted and were much smaller than the others.
Ok - I've done it. 2,000 poppy sides in palm of hand and scattered them with abandon around the borders. Lord knows where they have landed - but good shower of rain will hopefully get them going. Quite excited now with the anticipation of what its going to look like.
We will look forward to the photos
Yes - definitely works. After all, what happens when poppy seed heads dry out and burst? You are just replicating nature. The seedlings don't like being transplanted so sow where you want them to flower and pull up the ones you don't want.
Had several odd packets of seed including wild flowers, poppies and californian poppies. Have broadcast them over and between other plants and they look beautiful much more natural. People always stop and look at my front garden. My mum calls it a mess but i say its a cottage garden. Each to his own i guess
@Swedboy I think it is the poor weather that has reduced your germination rate, when we get some sunshine they should romp away.
Like you, after having watched Monty have scattered poppy seeds over my borders with gay abandon. Also spoke to a friend who says that it works for her everytime.
let's wait and see!
meant to be 23 degrees and sunny this week - ABOUT TIME.
This has never worked for me in 27 years of trying
I just put the seeds down in my borders and rockery and they just grow, but be patient.