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This year I have had several Papaver Somniferum plants pop up in my garden which I have allowed to flower. They are all about 3-4' high and most are fairly standard single flowers. A couple, however, are beautiful pom pom heads - one a lovely dusky pink/plum and the other a softest pink (looks like an old fashioned rose from a distance). 

Does anybody know whether it is worth while collecting the seed from these 2 plants to sow for next year? Will they be true to the parent plant? The bees have been busy buzzing between them so if they are easily cross pollinated this is likely to have happened.

If cross pollination is a problem, would it be possible to prevent cross pollination of a couple of the unopened flower buds (perhaps by tiring some insect mesh loosely around them) in the hope of producing 'true' seed?


Am afraid poppies are very promiscuous so you can never be sure exactly what you will get the following year. Also part of the fun though.

If you cover an opened bud you won't get any seeds as it won't have being pollinated at all so they won't develop. You would need to cross pollinate it yourself using pollen from a a similar flower and then covering it so it couldn't be pollinated again by any more pollen. Not sure how practical this is with poppies or exactly when to do it etc. might be worth a google.

Thank you Chrissie - as you say it is all part of the fun to see what comes up differently each year. 

There do seem to be some named varieties out there though so I wonder how they propagate those? GOOGLE may indeed be my friend here.


They keep them seperate from other colours Topbird to keep the strain but they do all tend to seed back to the single wild form over the years

And once you have them, you will never be without

They do make some beautiful plants tho



Thx everybody. Will keep some sed from the 2 best plants & see what comes up next year!!


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