Scatter the seeds over bare soil in full sun in late fall. Dragging a rake over the seed bed will provide adequate preparation for the seed. When seeding a large area, mix the tiny seeds with sand to facilitate even sowing. Keep the seed bed moist. Germination occurs in about a week. Poppies will self sow if allowed to go to seed, so you may only have to plant them once. On the other hand, they will bloom more profusely and for a longer period if you remove old flowers when they drop their petals. Volunteers can be transplanted to suitable locations if you dig them carefully when they are small, taking a full spade of soil to protect their roots. Space them about one foot apart.
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