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Pepperbox Poppy

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Pepperbox Poppy

(Papaver spp.)
Growing these old-fashioned poppies offers triple rewards: glorious flowers, handsome pods and nutty-tasting seeds from ...
(Papaver spp.)
Growing these old-fashioned poppies offers triple rewards: glorious flowers, handsome pods and nutty-tasting seeds from the same ornamental plants. Gray-green Pepperbox plants send up nodding stems of large papery-textured purple, red and pale pink blossoms, all with dark center blotches. After the petals drop, their big pods swell as the blue-black seeds mature to harvest when dry for baking. Or keep the pods for beautiful decorations.
Seed Count: Approx. 1000 / Weight: 3 gms
$ 1.50 $ 2.99$

ANNUAL

Spring/summer bloom, fall harvest

Frost hardy

 

EASIEST TO START OUTDOORS

Plant poppies in late fall or very early spring directly into the garden. In cold climates, seeds will overwinter and germinate when soil thaws. Blossoms and pods are largest when plants grow in cool weather; seedlings are very cold hardy. In a well-worked, finely textured seed bed in full sun, sprinkle seeds thinly (mixing dry sand with the seeds will help space them). Rake in gently or lightly cover seeds 1/8 inch deep and keep seed-bed moist until seedlings emerge in 7 to 14 days. If seedlings come up too thickly, thin poppies early, but delay final thinning to 6 to 8 inches apart until weather has settled in spring.

 

HARVEST & USE

Open a fully formed seed capsule to make sure the tiny seeds are black and hard, then cut seed pods stalks with long stems. Bunch pods upside down in a paper bag to dry fully, leaving it open for air circulation. When seeds are thoroughly dry, shake them out, clean any debris from seeds, and store in a closed jar or freeze. Toasted Poppy seeds' nutty flavor enhances both sweet and savory breads, cakes and cookies and is delicious in salad dressing.

Cold Winters

Mild Winters

Sun/Shade

Space Seeds

Days To Germinate

Days To Harvest

April – May
Oct – April
Full sun
Very thinly
barely cover
7 – 14 days
3 – 4 feet

Cold Winters

Mild Winters

Sun/Shade

Space Seeds

Days To Germinate

Days To Harvest

April – May
Oct – April
Full sun
Very thinly
barely cover
7 – 14 days
3 – 4 feet

Cold Winters

April – May

Mild Winters

Oct – April

Sun/Shade

Full sun

Space Seeds

Very thinly
barely cover

Days To Germinate

7 – 14 days

Days To Harvest

3 – 4 feet

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