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Hello, Could anyone help me? I’m new to gardening and these plants are growing in the back garden (please see photo). Somebody called them double poppies and I wonder if anyone has any information on them, such as how do I take cuttings etc. from them so I can plant them in other parts of the garden.




Hi Eaglecliffe - These poppies are very easy to spread about (most of the time they do it themselves). Just let the seedheads at the top of the stems dry out then either sprinkle the seeds over the garden or keep the seeds until early Spring and set them in seed trays to grow. You can then transplant them out into your garden.

If it was me I would sprinkle them about the areas you want them to grow, although you may get more plants come up than you need, in which case you only need to pull up the ones you don't want.

They are very easy to grow so you should get a good display next year.

10 Jul, 2011


I agree, Poppies like to be sown where they flower so sprinkle them when the seeds are ripe.

10 Jul, 2011


they are opium poppies or Papaver somnifera and are annuals. As already stated leave the pods to develop and the collect seed and scatter where you want them next year. They may not all be identical to the parent either.

10 Jul, 2011


Someone must have had these when I lived in Essex - they sprang up in cracks in the pavement; in the gutter; I even saw one on a garage roof!

11 Jul, 2011


I sowed some in a bed one year and got nothing for two years. Then they suddenly appeared in a different place altogether, where they have happily self sown since.

11 Jul, 2011

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