I have grown quite a lot of 'purple' poppies this year, they are really beautiful plants, unfortunately they don't last long I now have very large seed pods on the stems, can I take them off to store for next year? and if I can when? Otherwise if I wait for them to burst they will seed where I don't want them to? Any answers?
do I store them till next year?
I was going to post exactly the same question. I had Papaver Harlem and wanted to harvest the seeds. Thanks Barbara and Rebecca
You can put a paper bag (not a plastic one) over the seed pod and fix it with a rubber band. The seed will fall into it when it is fully ripe.
Ooh thanks for that tip Welsh onion
Yes thanks welsh onion. Very handy.
I have memories of my grandmother collecting the poppies and hanging them upside down in the conservatory (don't know whether the heat helped or just provided her with a suitable spot out the way of small hands) with their heads in a paper bag to collect the seeds (just remember to label them!). I did this last year and ended up with an envelope full which I hope to use next year - once the seeds had fallen out of the heads I then left them on a tray in the windowsill for a few days just to ensure they were dry. This might not be necessary.