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28/02/2014 at 12:26

I seem to be a bit confused, not difficult to know! I was reading the back of this months Ladybird poppy seeds and it says to sow the seeds where they are to grow because they don't like root disturbance. Then is says, thin out when the seedlings appear. Surely that counts as root disturbance. Or have I got the wrong end of this meaning

28/02/2014 at 12:41

Hi Mark 1963.

When it says thin out it means that the plants are to be removed from the bed to give extra space so they are not too crowded. The seedlings that are thinned out are not for re-planting and should only go onto the compost heap. Bit of a waste, but that is the way it goes, unfortunately.



28/02/2014 at 13:09

OK, thanks for that Edd, I'll sow thinly to try and prevent 'bunching up'

28/02/2014 at 15:28

I'm going to try Ladybird poppies for the first time this year, but I have sown other poppies into the ground before and nothing has happened. Last year I had one poppy from a packet of seeds. So I thought I would try to sow them into modules and plant them out as plants if they come up. Does anyone know if this would work?

28/02/2014 at 16:03

Hi Lizzie. I grow black opium poppies and I always start them in modules and then plant them out when they fill the module. They seem to do ok, but I do lose a few on planting out.

28/02/2014 at 17:17

I always sow poppy seeds in trays, pot on then plant out, they do just fine.

Treat them a

s any other annual seed.

28/02/2014 at 17:19

That's great news, thank you.

28/02/2014 at 17:40

Like you Lizzie unsuccessful last year with California Poppies, going to try them in large fibre pots this year 

28/02/2014 at 21:37

I was successful with Danish flag poppys last year however I only got one Californian poppy. My theory was this was due to the cold spring killing them off.

28/02/2014 at 22:11

Californian poppies (Eschscholzia) usually grow OK here, it's annual poppies that don't come up.

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