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Papaver somniferum 'Maanzaad'

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Papaver somniferum 'Maanzaad' Seeds

Opium Poppies are some of the easiest and most beautiful flowers to grow from seed with gorgeous open papery blooms. Maanzaad Poppies have large white/pale pink flowers with dark plum splotches followed by lovely fat seed heads. Often called the Breadseed Poppy Maanzaad Poppies produce masses of seeds which can be used in bread making. In fact this is probable the best bread seed poppy.

Flowers are produced from late spring (end of May) to late summer (August). If you are a keen baker then this could be a great plant for you! Poppies are brilliant planted in drifts and makes a lovely cut flower too. The seed heads can also be used in flower arrangements either fresh or dried.

GenusPapaver somniferum
Plant TypeHardy Annual, Cut Flower, Dried Flower
Height & Spread90cm tall x 30cm spread
Sow SeedsSow direct in spring and early summer for flowers this year. Dislikes root disturbance so it's best to sow where you want these poppies to flower. Seeds are tiny so do not cover them because they need light to germinate. Take care when watering to prevent the seeds being washed away. Alternatively sow in August or September for slightly earlier flowers next year.
Thin/Plant OutThin seedlings to allow sufficient space (30cm) for the young plants to grow and develop.

Conditions RequiredMaanzaad Poppies will grow in most garden situations ranging from full sun to dappled shade. They prefer moist but well drained soil. Protect from slugs and snails because they love Poppies.
Flower Production Flowers produced in 10 -12 weeks from a spring sowing. Grow plenty and sow in succession for lots of blooms.
PickingPick in the cool of the early morning or evening when the buds are just starting to break open. Poppies last just a couple of days in a vase but they are productive plants so harvest frequently to keep the blooms coming. Sear stem ends in boiling water for 20 seconds to prolong vase life and place immediately in fresh clean water. Seedheads can also be used in arrangements either freshly cut or dried and the poppy seeds used for bread making.
Planting CombinationsIf you want a good show of blooms and plenty of flowers and seed pods for cutting then sow these Poppies in drifts with other Opium Poppies such as Hungarian Blue, Antique Shades and Double Mixed.

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