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27/02/2013 at 18:51

hi all my back garden runs alongside a field where lastsummer these huge big plants appeared on the other side of my fence,they were around six feet tall with silvery leaves and giant poppies pink in colour so i dug one up now the plant died down,dident know what to do so chopped it to around six inched from the root and put it in a pot and its still there have i killed it? someone told me it was a opium poppy and i should have collected the seeds.help

27/02/2013 at 19:32

chica - I worked for a couple of years at a local agricultural college and on the way to work passed fields growing 'opium poppies'. Nipped off my bicycle one day home and collected some seed heads . Sowed them but nothing happened - perhaps they are sterile - I really don't know but sure someone here will!

27/02/2013 at 19:38

They're annuals, so replanting one won't work. They self seed in my garden, I wait until the seeds are ripe, cut off some of the stems with seed heads and whang them round the garden. The rest I leave to ripen indoors, with heads down into a paper bag, and save the seeds for cooking.

27/02/2013 at 19:42

I think maybe these commercially grown ones (opium poppies) may be different figrat?

27/02/2013 at 19:44

I mean as far as the fecundity of the seeds go...

27/02/2013 at 21:04

Hi all ,In a peat pot I just sprinkled some poppy seeds that I had in the cubboard.I bought them in the food store for cooking, to my surprize they germinated! I will plant them out and see what I get.

27/02/2013 at 21:07

Hi chica

These poppies will have seeded on your side of the fence or the other, probably both. It's what they do well! Wait til they germinate and claim a few. Theydon't like to be moved but if you get one along with its soil you'll be Ok. 

27/02/2013 at 21:11
Chica I wouldn't worry too much, just pop behind your garden and dig some new seedlings up when they're big enough. They'll probably have self seeded in to the same spot.
27/02/2013 at 21:54

fantastic advice i only have to climb a 7ft school spiked railing thats on top of a bank no sweat.

27/02/2013 at 21:58
How on earth did you get one in the first place then?
27/02/2013 at 21:59

sent hubby over,do you think im mad

28/02/2013 at 00:01
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