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papaver somniferum(poppy) in Mississippi

Posted by mourningglory30 Central MS ( on
Mon, Jun 20, 05 at 21:01

Hi everyone,
Does anyone have any experience with papaver somniferums? I think they are the most beautiful of flowers, but I hear growing them is intricate. Any help would be appreciated. Also, I hear that they can be grown in pots, indoors. Does anyone have any in bloom? Thanks everyone.

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RE: papaver somniferum(poppy) in Mississippi

My impression is they are not particularly difficult, tho' I haven't grown them, but the secret (if I remember correctly!) is to scatter the seed in the fall. It's very hard to find seed as the powers that be are convinced we are only interested in growing them for opium production. They are possibly the most beautiful poppy in a beautiful family. Too bad we have to worry about people chopping down our brugs to get high (it's never happened to me, and I might just sic the dog on 'em!), and chowing down on the castor beans (ugh!)

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