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  1. sante

    papaver somniferum

    Hey Guys, If one was to purchase any of the papaver somniferum seeds available here, would one be able to make opium tea from the poppy that is grown? Or is there a speicifc varitiey of papaver somniferum that you need for this that has any decent level of the required alkaloid? I appreciate its illegal to grow poppy for non floral reasons and I of course would never knowingly break the law. This is purely for research and educational reasons. To save incrimination, by all means send me a private message. Thanks Sante
  2. Hey guys, Keen to buy catha edulis, all different type of poppies (gotta love the different colours) and salvia (where you've also gotta love the different colours). Please feel ffree to PM me! Thanks, EG
  3. Matt1208

    wanted; papaver somniferum

    wanting some papaver somniferum seeds to add to my collection, after just about any variety, would rather fresh but any are okay, please pm me or post here if you have any available for trade or sale. cheers
  4. Trying to track down Tasmanian, giagantheum, Danish, chicken and hens, anything on papaver somniferum
  5. SOME PROBLEM SOLVERS AND ADVICE REGARDING GROWING POPPIES   The biggest problem people encounter trying to grow poppy begins with watering. Most people, as with most seeds plant them and then get out the trusty old watering can. This is a fail to begin with as poppy seeds need a combination of sunlight, water, with a loose growing medium and if either of these three conditions not being met re not being met or other water dispenser pushes the seed deep into the ground. Surface sowing or broadcasting is the way to go. The seeds need light, you should spray with a spray bottle, this is the most succesful method of germinating poppy seeds. Also, planting at about 5 o'clock in the evening can help. Ants absolutely love seeds, especially poppy! I have watched ants taking my seeds as I am planting! Once they come up overwatering is bad. Fast draining soil is important, giving them a decent water to encourage healthy root growth. I use numerous watering cans and spray bottles including a big two and a half litre mister that works by pumping it, building up the pressure sending a lovely mist over a fresh patch of soil or a bunch of pots. Once the seedlings germinate It is best to use a small watering can with a long thin spout allowing one to direct the water exactly where it needs to go . In this way soil is soaked round the seedling encouraging the tap root to move lower. The third watering the soil is soakedsoil is soaked companion in my system is a regular plastic watering can. In this way I conserve water as it is distributed exactly as desired without any wastage at a very low cost, I must add. Transplanting poppies has never been all that successful in my journey but I have heard of a method that sounds like it may have merit. The method that I am talking of is that of planting a bunch of seeds in a pot, container, peat pot, something that can be placed directly into the ground with minimum interference. Keep the medium moist. As poppy likes a well draining, ph. neutral soil nearing acidic there are alot of options. For seedlings soaking the medium in a combination of something like Seasol always scores me healthier looking seedlings. It is worth experimenting as there are an increasing amount of beneficial products coming out all of the time. I have a worm farm so I like to use a very light combination of diluted (very diluted, like 5 times as much as one would normally dilute it for use 10 parts water to one part worm juice so that would be 50 parts water to 1 part worm juice.) Experiment with these amounts but don't go too hard, seeds are packed with a fair amount of proteins to get them started so they don't actually require any help to sprout bar water and light so the nutrients are for the seedling. Seeds are amazing little packages of life! It never ceases to amaze me how the tiniest seeds can grow into the most beautiful, complex expressions of life. Peat pot are possible to us but I find that I nust "loosen" the peat inside or else the peat is too compact and will not let the roots pass through. Loosened, this is entirely different working well, planting numerous seeds so that the seedlings on the oustside will always protect the ones on the inside. My advice, as far as soil mix would be to use chook manure (cow manure is good also,poppies love a soil that is highin phosphorus, any type of manure is good, maybe not mushroom manure because one thing you definitely don't wantis any fungi problems. Fast draining soil is probably the most important factor. You do not want to see water sitting on top of your soil. I found a type of seeds they sell in Bunnings. If you have any soil you are not entirely happy with buy a few packs of soil conditioning seeds. They contain barley, legumes, and a few other types of plants that convert nitrogen from the air intonitrogen for the soil ! This conditions it, creating really good aeration. I am an eco-warrior so I will grow lettuce, let it grow outand then the soil is ready for a plant that needs phosphorus (such as poppy!). When the poppies have grown out their life cyclethe soil is ideal for lettuce, basil, any leaf bearing plants you can think of, virtually! MY GOLDEN RULE : Plant the seeds on top of the gound. If you have to sprinkle some soil across it then it will not harm anything but is not necessary. Poppy seeds need light to germinate. Use a mister, I use a 2 and a half litre super mister that puts out a huge thin mist. You can use a spray bottle, I like themister because I can mist over a large area. Mist the soil until seedlings appear. Once seedlings appearwater them, keeping the soil dampish but not too damp. Water, making sure that the watergoes at leastas deep as taproots and deeper to encourage the taproot to grow. Plant more than you need, that way you can thin out the bigger ones, keeping the more uniform plants.That way you end up being able to grow more. One per foor is the generlally given rule.
  6. PsychMaster

    Opium Poppy seedlings

    Hey y'all, I just threw down 500 grams of poppy seed and now they're doing extremely well for this time of the year...there's about 200 of them with about 3000 seeds yet to move on to the next stage. Question is, How long will it take me to harvest these opium poppies? I'm thinking a year? Will post some pictures when I get the chance.
  7. planthelper

    poppy season has started?

    i once discovered something about poppies i would like to share, naturaly i was residing in a country where the considerate use of poppies is quite legal... with poppies one has basicly two options, either to cook them, or to lance/bleed them and than cook them, after scraping off the raw opium. raw opium is incredible stuff, but the problem is that, lancing in many climats does not only produce only tiny ammounts of opium, it's aswell an action hard to pull thru, as it rises not only suspicion, but you have to come back to the heads aswell to scrape them, in short a lot of fuzz with lot's of risks. the proposed methode, is to cut of the heads and to milk them at home. problem is though that often, hardly any milk will be produced. but milk production can be increased a plentyfull by surrounding the heads with hot water!!! so all you do is, to cut the stem with a razorblade close to the head, and place the head in a dish (poppy heads will stand very secure if placed up side down! now if it bleeds, take the head and place the drop on a piece of alu foil, if not or just too little and not worth a collection, put it onto the dish. after a while when your dish is full of upside down turned poppy heads (oh what a lovly sight ) you pour hot water with the kettle into the dish, and voila suddenly the poppy heads which refused to yield any milk before, will start to bleed! now take them one by one and collect the drips onto the alufoil. collecting onto the alufoil, has not only the advantage of not having to mess around with scraping, but aswell allowes the collection of small ammount of milk, by pressing the clean straight cut, onto the level tinfoil. now you can if necessary fold the alufoil a bit so that all the milk collects at the centre, than just let it dry. some sources say opium is only good if dried by the sun, well if you believe this put the foil somewhere save, but into the direct sunlight. only downside is that you can only milk them on this day, and not like professionals on 3 or more days in a row. but this doesn't realy pose an issue because, most poppies grown in our areas will not bleed much anyway, as mentioned before. but anyway, either water your poppies, before bleeding, or choose a time to do "the home bleeding" after good rains, as this increases milk flow.