Organic Papaver somniferum – Blue poppy seeds

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100% Certified Organic seeds.

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Blue poppy seeds yield decorative seed pods by the end of August, perfect for drying. This robust, grey-green plant is a magnet for bees. Its short-lived flowers are white with a lilac centre.

Papaver somniferum, commonly known as the opium poppy or breadseed poppy, is a captivating flowering plant that boasts a rich history and a plethora of uses. Originating from Western Asia, it has been cultivated for centuries for its stunning blooms.

In gardens, Papaver somniferum is prized for its exquisite, delicate flowers, which come in a shade of lilac. These blooms are typically large and showy, making them a standout feature in any landscape or floral arrangement. Additionally, the seed pods produced by Papaver somniferum are ornamental in their own right, adding visual interest to the plant even after the flowers have faded.

When it comes to cultivation, Papaver somniferum is relatively easy to grow, making it a popular choice for both novice and experienced gardeners.

To cultivate Papaver somniferum, select a sunny location with well-drained, moderately fertile soil. Directly sow seeds in early spring or late autumn, ensuring soil moisture until germination. Space seedlings 10 to 12 inches apart. Water regularly but avoid waterlogged soil. Deadhead spent flowers and remove weeds to maintain plant health. For seed harvesting, allow pods to dry on the plant until brown and seeds rattle inside. Cut pods and dry indoors before extracting seeds.

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