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Old 02-09-2015, 07:46 PM #11
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That’s a good question. I think pollination occurs more by selfing or with pollinators (bees) than with the wind but I would plant different varieties as far away as possible. If you are wanting to collect seeds that are true I would hand pollinate a few flowers of the varieties you want to save, keeping them covered with a mesh bag (or something similar) before and after pollination.
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Old 02-09-2015, 08:34 PM #12
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Well with mj breeding, with proper wind a pollen grain can travel up to 2 miles and last up to 2 months. Idk about poppies but I'm sure you will have a little cross pollenation.

The more you fuck with them the better they don't get. Toss your seeds out in winter and just let em go, thin them out if you need to. The biggest mistake people make is watering them, this will thin the latex. I promise if you just don't mess with them at all you'll get the best results.
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farmers that breed those giant contest pumpkins will pollinate by hand the flower, then they close the petals up over the pistil and tie with a rubber band. I bet a paper bag would work just as well. I wouldn't really worry about wind pollinated like stated above but more so the bees going from all the different flowers in the areas of your yard.

I love poppies!! my great grandma had the old 1920's red oriental poppies. tried to transplant but that didn't go over so well. I didn't know about the pods until after the house was sold
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I have read that MOST poppies produce opium, not all. I have read recently that you can legally grow them here in the states, but if you slice the pods to produce the tar, you have crossed a legal line in the sand. will just having them in your garden bring the law down on you? info appreciated...
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I've got a rattly head around here somewhere. Need to pop them one day and start getting them acclimatized.

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I wouldn't worry about the man bringing you down. they can barely discern probable cause, let alone a poppy that produces heroin.
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That is quite good but true. They don’t transplant well, at least somniferum. Best to sow them where you want them.
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Old 02-11-2015, 09:20 PM #18
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Lol that's what we say in the glass shop, works well in other areas too.

It's legal to have poppies growing in california but not to harvest them. The california poppy grows wild everywhere here and you can't stop it, not good for production though.

Just sprinkle in winter, thin out in spring, and don't water them. If you feed them and water them you might get bigger heads but it thins the latex. It's kinda like citrus. The tree can only produce so much brix (how they measure sugar content). The larger the fruit the less tasty it is.
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2nd the sprinkle them in the winter, or really late fall after frost kills everything in my experience.

I prefer sandy crap soil that won't grow anything else....toss a handfull of seed and wait till spring to thin them....

Damnit...now you got me wanting to plant some for this year..lol
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Can order seeds online. The Tasmanian which is supposed to be the most potent, and the gargantuan is supposed to be the largest producing, do well after a few generations of crossing.
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