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poppies


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nicky14-Mar-03 06:48 PM EST 6b   
NancyM16-Mar-03 09:41 PM EST 5   
nicky19-Mar-03 01:31 PM EST   
Christine19-Mar-03 03:55 PM EST 5a   
Susan19-Mar-03 04:33 PM EST 6a   
Nancy19-Mar-03 04:39 PM EST 5   
nicky24-Mar-03 07:22 PM EST 6b   
nicky24-Mar-03 07:28 PM EST 6b   
nicky24-Mar-03 07:28 PM EST 6b   
Nancy24-Mar-03 09:08 PM EST 5   
Nicky26-Mar-03 12:10 PM EST 6b   
27-Mar-03 12:25 PM EST   


Subject: poppies
From: nicky
Zone: 6b
Date: 14-Mar-03 06:48 PM EST

I saw some white poppies in the O.K. that had white seedsand I'd like to know more about them and where can I get them in Can. I have blackseeded ones and the partner prefers white seeds like sesame but I prefer the flavour of poppyseed so can anyone help?


Subject: RE: poppies
From: NancyM
Zone: 5
Date: 16-Mar-03 09:41 PM EST

Nicky, Richter's has seed for white-seeded poppy seeds in their catalog. Try them at www.richters.com.


Subject: RE: poppies
From: nicky
Zone:
Date: 19-Mar-03 01:31 PM EST

Nancy, I did not check back until today(Mar. 19) I will try the site you recommended, did not get a copy of their cat. this year. I was beginning to think no one read these. I am making a point to tell fellow gardeners about this site.Hey Canucks get with it.Thanks!


Subject: RE: poppies
From: Christine
Zone: 5a
Date: 19-Mar-03 03:55 PM EST

Speaking of poppies, I am wondering about opium poppies. Are they the ones that are a lovely pink, and really full? (ie not a single layer of orange petals...)I would love to plant some in my southeast garden this summer. Where would I get these seeds/plants? Do they come back every year?


Subject: RE: poppies
From: Susan
Zone: 6a
Date: 19-Mar-03 04:33 PM EST

Christine - the garden poppies you refer to are likely Oriental Poppies (papaver orientale) and not opium poppies (papaver somniferum) It is, I believe, illegal in Canada to grow or sell the opium poppies. The oriental poppies are available in many shades and are easy to find at most garden centers. Having said that though, I see that Vessey's sells seeds for a double pink poppy that they say is the somniferum type. See:

http://www.veseys.com/store.cfm?product=632)

I vaguely remember reading something about this odd anomaly where the plants are illegal but you can still get seed. So, if any of your neighbours are cops, you might not want to grow them! :) Dominion Seeds have several nice pink oriental ones in their plant catalog at:

https://safe-servers.net/dominion-seed-house.com/cat/index.phtml?l=en&a=spm&m=004.005.054


Subject: RE: poppies
From: Nancy
Zone: 5
Date: 19-Mar-03 04:39 PM EST

Opium poppies (Papaver somniferum)are annuals that apparently will easily self seed. Here's a website with a couple of good pictures. http://www.ces.ncsu.edu/depts/hort/consumer/poison/Papavso.htm. I've seen a few really nice cultivars and think there may be a few double petalled types.

So far I haven't had a lot of luck myself getting them to germinate in my garden, but my neighbour has them popping up here and there in hers.

Be aware that while it is not illegal to sell opium poppy seed, it is illegal to grow them. They are right up there on the Narcotic Control Act schedules along with heroin and cocaine. So you will not be able to buy plants. Not that the poppy police are likely to come into your garden and take you away, but I do know of a couple of medical professionals who won't try growing them for fear of losing their licenses.


Subject: RE: poppies
From: nicky
Zone: 6b
Date: 24-Mar-03 07:22 PM EST

Hi! gals, at the start of the thread I asked about whiteseeded poppies,well I am waiting for my cat. and may get lucky. As to the opium poppies, I've grown them for years, use the seed in baking if I've lots and they grow easy& mine are indiff.colors&Singles/double.


Subject: RE: poppies
From: nicky
Zone: 6b
Date: 24-Mar-03 07:28 PM EST

Christine, if your in Can. I will gladly send you some of my seeds to try. As soon as you can get a bed ready, rake up the earth& scatter the seed & you will have lots.They dont transplant well so I dont do that.I all-ways get lots that reseed.


Subject: RE: poppies
From: nicky
Zone: 6b
Date: 24-Mar-03 07:28 PM EST

Christine, if your in Can. I will gladly send you some of my seeds to try. As soon as you can get a bed ready, rake up the earth& scatter the seed & you will have lots.They dont transplant well so I dont do that.I all-ways get lots that reseed.


Subject: RE: poppies
From: Nancy
Zone: 5
Date: 24-Mar-03 09:08 PM EST

Nicky, if you're still waiting for the catalog, the Richter's one is also on-line. I live down the road from them, so can't tell you what their service is like on that end.


Subject: RE: poppies
From: Nicky
Zone: 6b
Date: 26-Mar-03 12:10 PM EST

Nancy, no cat. yet,I cant order on line(hubby orders) I can get carried away! Lucky you,I'd be there bugging them they would ban me. Years past I did order from them,& seeds were fine but plants no,arr'd lots of bugs and all died.I followed all procedure.


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Date: 27-Mar-03 12:25 PM EST


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