Plant Care Opium Poppy

Opium Poppy

About Opium Poppy

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

Breadseed poppy

How to care for Opium Poppy


How often to water your Opium Poppy

Water needs for Opium Poppy
0.5 cups
every 9

Opium Poppy needs 0.5 cups of water every 9 when it doesn’t get direct sunlight and is potted in a 5" pot located in Tucson, Arizona.

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 Opium Poppy

Water 0.5 cups every

Does your plant get direct sunlight?

Select the pot size


Check the growing potential in your area

A plant's growing potential is determined from its location, the time of year, and current local weather.

Plant care guide for Opium Poppy in Tucson, Arizona

Tucson, Arizona

60% Medium

Finding light for Opium Poppy in your home

Light needs and placement for plant Opium Poppy: 1ft from a window
1ft or less from
a window

Opium Poppy love being close to bright, sunny windows 😎.

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

Opium Poppy does not tolerate low light 🚫.

Tucson, Arizona currently has medium levels of sunlight intensity, you can help this plant grow by treating it to ample light ☀️.


How to fertilize Opium Poppy

Nutrient, fertilizer, and repotting needs for Opium Poppy: 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 Opium Poppy after it doubles in size or once a year—whichever comes first.

Difficulty Level

Opium Poppy 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 Opium Poppy

Opium Poppy

Opium Poppy

Greg recommends:


0.5 cups every 9 days


< 1ft from a window


Repot after 2x growth

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

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