How to save poppy seeds?

how to save poppy seeds
how to save poppy seeds

Poppy seeds are a coveted ingredient in many recipes, and they’re worth storing for later use. But first, you need to know how to harvest poppy seeds properly so that your efforts aren’t wasted. To help you out with this process, we’ve put together a list of tips that will ensure that your harvest is successful! So, how to save poppy seeds?

Dry your poppy heads

  • Cut the poppy heads off.
  • Place them in a paper bag and leave them to dry for 3-5 days.

Avoid cross-pollination

If you’re growing poppies for seed, it’s important to make sure that their pollen doesn’t mix with other flowers in your garden. This can happen if you plant them near other plants that have poppy seeds or the same pollinators (bees and butterflies).

Collect the seeds

The next step is to collect the seeds from your poppy heads. You can see in the photo above that there are smaller, brownish-black balls inside each flower. These are actually dried petals and not part of our harvesting process–you’ll want to remove these before moving on with collecting your poppy seeds. To do this, simply pinch off all of the flowers from their stems and place them in a paper bag or container with some air holes punched into it so they can dry out over time (you’ll learn more about drying later).

Once all of your poppies have been harvested and dried out like this, it’s time for separation! To do this step properly without damaging any of your precious cargo (i.e., those precious little babies), use two bowls: one filled with cool water and another empty bowl sitting nearby on dry surface such as table or countertop surface area where nothing will spill onto if accidently bumped around while separating out individual pods from within larger clusters using tweezers instead being tempted just using hands due

Store the seeds

Store the seeds in an airtight container, such as a jar or plastic bag. You can store them in the refrigerator if you want to keep them for longer than one year. If you’re not sure how long they’ll last, just make sure that they’re kept at room temperature and away from light so they don’t go rancid before their time is up!

Make sure you don’t get poppy seedlings popping up everywhere in your flowerbeds!

To make sure your poppy seeds don’t germinate, keep them dry and cool. The ideal temperature is 55 degrees Fahrenheit (13 degrees Celsius). If it gets too hot or too cold, the seeds will die before they have a chance to grow into flowers. If you live somewhere with very warm summers and mild winters like Southern California or Florida, store your poppy seeds in an airtight container in the refrigerator until fall arrives again when they can be planted outside.

When you want to know if your poppy plants have sprouted yet without taking them out of their containers (which could damage their delicate roots), check for signs of life by looking at their leaves: if they’re greenish-white in color and finely textured with small hairs along their edges instead of smooth like grass blades’ edges then there’s good news! Your poppies haven’t yet begun growing leaves; this means that everything has gone well so far!


Poppy seeds are easy to collect, but you will need to be patient. The best time to harvest them is in the fall when the plants have dried out. At this point, you can pull up the entire plant and shake it over a large tray or sheet of paper to get all of those little black seeds out of there!

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