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I have collected some poppy seed pods and want to know how to get at the poppy seeds that are inside. The pods are extremely dry and hard. Do I cut into them with a knife?

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Underneath the "frill" at the top there should be some holes and the seeds can be shaken upside down to get them out. However my sister saved me some and took them off the plant when they were too green and the seeds all rotted.

7 Aug, 2012


You should collect the pods, with a fair length of stem still attached and put the heads in a paper bag, secure with an elastic band, hang them upside down and give them a shake every now and then. If the pods are that hard, it probably means the seeds are ready, and you should have a good collection quite quickly.

7 Aug, 2012


Thank you both for your comments. I will have a go at shaking them and see how we go.

7 Aug, 2012


Gattina's method works well for me

7 Aug, 2012


And unless you want to grow a field full of poppies, you will only need 1 seed head lol. Derek

7 Aug, 2012


Well, I would like more poppies than we have at the moment, but not a field full. Too late for collecting the pods with stems, but will still shake and see what happens. Thanks for your comments.

8 Aug, 2012


You don't need the stems really - just the seed heads are all you need. The seeds will just drop out into whatever you put the seed heads in.

11 Aug, 2012

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