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Feb 5, 2010 10:21 PM CST
Name: Karla

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Mar 7, 2010 10:51 AM CST
Question? What distance must different poppy varieties be spaced to keep the cross pollination to a minimum? I want to seed the white poppy rhoeas and be able to collect seeds. But in another part of the yard I want to seed a coloured mix.
Is that too close to keep the whites really white?
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Mar 7, 2010 12:01 PM CST
Name: Karla
Poppies, like any other flower can cross pollinate by bees.
Below is a link to click on.
I have had variations of poppies that were crossed.
Shirleys poppies was my experience,I noticed variations.
Mar 8, 2010 11:02 AM CST
Thanks. It looks as if I will just save seeds and see what happens the next year.
I could seed a few in a pot and make a net enclosure if there is cross pollination.
Mar 11, 2010 10:54 AM CST
Name: Dee Stewart
Willamette Valley OR
Snowpeak Iris
Where can I buy some shirley poppy seeds, I used to have tons and now no plants and no seeds.

Denise Stewart
Snowpeak http://snowpeakiris.com

Mar 11, 2010 1:05 PM CST
Name: Karla
Sent you a C-mail.
Mar 12, 2010 1:02 PM CST
Name: Jo Ann Gentle
NY State
I didnt have much luck with Shirlies. Just the zone I guess.
Mar 24, 2010 1:28 PM CST
Some years the Shirley poppies do well and others they hardly sprout.
It could be the seed? or the weather? or the timing of seeding?
Mar 25, 2010 3:58 AM CST
Name: Jo Ann Gentle
NY State
I didnt have very much luck with Shirly's. There are so many other choices I just move on to something else.No time for boo' hoo's
Mar 25, 2010 7:39 AM CST
Name: Karla
I noticed alot of irises and daylilies emerging from the ground,
No poppy sprouts yet.
Usually around April for me.
I may sow a few more poppy seeds today.
No sprouts in my ws container.
Mar 25, 2010 8:14 AM CST
Name: Jo Ann Gentle
NY State
I see poppy sprouts mid April
Mar 25, 2010 8:59 AM CST
Name: Karla
Jo Ann,
That is about the right time, I notice poppy sprouts.
Mar 25, 2010 10:50 AM CST
Name: Jo Ann Gentle
NY State
It has been a tease here because things are comming on a few weeks early despite the 20 inch blizzard the last week of Feb.
I keep thinking if perennials are comming up ,all plants should be comming. The ground is just too cold yet.
Mar 25, 2010 11:38 AM CST
Name: Karla
Cold and rainy here today.I won't complain at 44 degrees.
This is a break compared to all the snow we have had.
Cloudy and not much sunshine.
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Mar 25, 2010 5:28 PM CST
Name: Karla
Was I ever surprised! We got snow.
The ground is covered here.
Mar 26, 2010 4:48 AM CST
Name: Jo Ann Gentle
NY State
Spring snow doesnt last, it just brings back dreaded memories.
Temps here todat will be in the low 30's then really warm next week
Apr 6, 2010 10:59 AM CST
Name: Jo Ann Gentle
NY State
Some of you have taken the big adventure and cast seeds on the snow or bare ground in the dead of winter.
Its hard to believe these seeds need a long cold period before they will germinate.
I am not completely sure seeds sown in April wont germinate too,its just that I have always gone by my grandmother way of doing it.
I saw my first leaves last year on April 17th.
I have been checking since we have had such a warm early spring and sure enough I believe these are them.
I will continue to photo them so we can identify and watch their progress.
These are Venus seeds,sown on the northeast side of the house after we laid down horse manuer so they should get to be a good size.
The sprouts are 2 pale graygreen thread looking leaves.
I will photo again in a few days. If by next week they have broadened out and are showing some serrated edges I will know for sure they are poppies.
I tried to look in the JI garden but cant get close enough to see.
These are really teeeeeny and you have to look realllly hard.
These are in the place where I sowed the poppies.
I tried to figure out a new thread and gave up.This is pasted from the Poppy Forum on Daves.

Lets hope it's them.

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Apr 6, 2010 11:41 AM CST
Name: Karla
Those are definitely poppy sprouts. Hurray!
I noticed within the last few days,I have some poppy sprouts.
I am excited that these sprouts will be poppies.
I thinned a few today in my container and a few sprouts that is in my poppy bed.
I usually thin since these are small and prevents over crowding and produce a good size poppy plant with nice blooms.
I came home today,after running a few errands and noticed one of the stray cats stretched across my container with poppy sprouts.
I just about had a instant headache, worried if that cat killed those poppy sprouts.
The sprouts look good after I scared that cat off from my container.
I guess! he was sunbathing and enjoying! the sunshine after a long winter. Smiling
keep us posted on those poppy sprouts and can't wait to see your poppy photos in bloom. Thumbs up

Apr 9, 2010 3:01 PM CST
Name: Rita
North Shore, Long Island, NY
Zone 6B
I just ordered lots of seed of the annual flander red poppies. Sometimes called corn poppies. Any advice for starting the seeds? This will be my first try with an annual poppy.
Apr 9, 2010 5:43 PM CST
Name: Karla
I always direct sow my poppy seeds in the late fall.
I sow the seeds in a tilled bed after Thanksgiving.
The seeds need a cold chilling period to germinate.
I always have good results using this method.
I also direct sow a few seeds in big containers on my patio and thin the poppy seedlings after they sprout,so I can have a good size poppy plants without
being stunted.
I would sow a few seeds from the flanders, in a container and direct sow
the rest of your poppy seeds in the late fall.
Don't cover the seeds,they need light to germinate.
I use a salt shaker and sparingly sprinkle on top the soil.
Karla Smiling

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