Poppy Seeds - Corn Poppy

(Papaver rhoeas) Annual. 65 days to maturity. 

Corn Poppy is the quintessential wild European poppy. Very likely the poppy that inspired Lieutenant Colonel John McRae's "In Flanders Fields," written in Belgium in 1915 during the First World War.

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Growth Habit: Upright growth to 2 feet height, branching stems with feathery leaves and 3-4” flowers. Self seeding. 

Sun Requirements: Full sun 

Soil Preference: Average, moist, well-drained soil

When to Plant: Direct seed in Spring when soil can be worked 

How to Plant:  Direct sow seeds on the soil surface and lightly tamp them without covering them. Keep the seedbed moist. Seeds should germinate in 21-28 days. Thin to 6” apart when true leaves appear. 

When to Harvest: Harvest fresh flowers in early Summer and seed heads in late Summer.

How to Harvest:  For fresh arrangements, harvest when buds are swollen and showing colour. Sear end of stems with a flame. Cut flowers last 2-4 days. Gather the dried seed heads in late summer for decorative dried flower arrangements. Harvest the seeds for culinary uses. 

Uses: Poppy is a beautiful, though short-lived, cut flower. Seed heads are also beautiful in dried arrangements. Poppy seeds are edible, high in calcium and have many culinary uses.

 

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