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Growing poppies - 3 successful methods presented


Do you love the red pops of poppy in your garden? Then just get more of it. Poppies can be easily propagated. We present three successful methods here.

Poppy seeds can be easily propagated via the seeds in the capsules. In the early morning hours you can see the poppies in full bloom on fields and meadows. It gives a lot of pops of color and also ensures a magical sight in gardens.

The poppy is a wildflower and therefore very frugal. It has no specific requirements or needs special care. The plants just take what comes. However, a place in the sun is important.

If you want to multiply the poppy in your garden, you will have no problems here.

Multiply poppies - with these 3 methods it works

Poppy sows itself

As with many other wildflowers, the poppy sows itself. After flowering, thick seed capsules form that are ripe and plump until autumn. The capsules burst and the seeds trickle out. Next spring, many young poppy plants will grow around the previous plant.

However, you can also carry out the propagation at a specific location.

Sow poppy seeds by hand

Would you prefer to determine the location of the new plants yourself? Then just take off the ripe seed pods on a sunny autumn day. You can recognize ripe capsules by the fact that they feel dry and are brown in color. The individual seeds easily fall out by shaking gently. Poppy seeds are very small. To ensure that sowing is successful and even, it is best to mix the seeds with fine earth or sand. Sow the seeds broadly or sprinkle them in narrow, drawn furrows. Then thinly cover with soil and pour on carefully. Regular watering is also advisable in the following weeks.

You can sow in September or only next year, ideally from March to May. Until then, keep the seeds dry and cool. The young plants are separated at intervals of about 30 centimeters. Plants that you have sown in autumn should only be thinned out in the following spring. The poppy need no further care! It grows on any garden floor, but a permeable, slightly sandy substrate is ideal.

Propagation of poppy plants with root cuttings

For the propagation of cuttings, you have to dig out the roots or at least partially uncover them. This is best done in late autumn. Strong and healthy roots are ideal, they should be at least pencil to finger thick. Separate the roots near the root neck. Then clean the cut root parts and remove the side shoots.

Cut the "prey" into pieces about eight centimeters long, straight at the top and slanted at the bottom. The prepared cuttings come in a well drained and loose seed soil. Make sure the location is cool. The root cuttings must always be kept slightly moist.

The cuttings will sprout after about four to six weeks. As soon as a few leaflets have formed, it is time to repot. You can fertilize gently, but with good, humus rich soil this is not absolutely necessary. The next spring, the young poppy plants are allowed to move outdoors.