Plant Care Papaver Somniferum

Papaver Somniferum

About Papaver Somniferum

Opium poppies are erect annuals in the Papaveraceae family. It is illegal to grow them in North Carolina, but it is legal to sell and buy the seeds. Garden poppy species may or may not contain opium alkaloids. Pet and children should not sample the poppy seeds as they are poisonous.


Papaver somniferum

Also known as

Opium Poppy, Opium Poppy and Breadseed poppy

How to care for Papaver Somniferum


How often to water your Papaver Somniferum

Water needs for Papaver Somniferum
0.5 cups
every 9

Papaver Somniferum needs 0.5 cups of water every 9 when it doesn’t get direct sunlight and is potted in a 5" pot.

Use our water calculator to personalize watering recommendations to your environment or download Greg for more advanced recommendations for all of your plants.

Calculate water needs of Papaver Somniferum

Water 0.5 cups every

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Finding light for Opium Poppy in your home

Light needs and placement for plant Papaver Somniferum: 1ft from a window
1ft or less from
a window

Papaver Somniferum love being close to bright, sunny windows 😎.

Place it less than 1ft from a south-facing window to maximize the potential for growth.

Papaver Somniferum does not tolerate low-light 🚫.

Select your region to see how the current weather in your area affects the placement of Papaver Somniferum in your home 🏡.


How to fertilize Papaver Somniferum

Nutrient, fertilizer, and repotting needs for Papaver Somniferum: repot after 2X growth

Most potting soils come with ample nutrients which plants use to produce new growth.

By the time your plant has depleted the nutrients in its soil it’s likely grown enough to need a larger pot anyway.

To replenish this plant's nutrients, repot your Papaver Somniferum after it doubles in size or once a year—whichever comes first.

Difficulty Level

Papaver Somniferum is generally considered an easy-to-care-for plant and makes a great choice for beginners!

Water Needs
Sunlight Needs
Growth Pattern
Growing Outdoors

Care Summary for Papaver Somniferum

Papaver Somniferum

Papaver Somniferum

Greg recommends:


0.5 cups every 9 days


< 1ft from a window


Repot after 2x growth

Based on the 4” pot your plant is in, and that it doesn’t get direct sunlight.

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