On the way to each of my grows, i pass fence rows, and fallen trees, rocky spots and lots of spots where a farmer cant really mow or even road side spots where the county cant mowand just anywhere where theres a 10' space. . These spots are just a wonderful opportunity to plant 30 - 50 asian poppy seeds which will result in a scattering of a dozen or so poppies spread about. Asian poppies arent the most colorful and dont have much of a leaf structure. Unless you know they are theyre, they really arent very noticable.
I have one flower bed in the back yard with 40 "afhan delights". They are truly georgous although the flowers are short lived.
The "china white" strain i buy is 8$ for a 1000 seeds and that allows one to hand spread seeds. The china white and other afghani strains are very very very tough and will grow well. Each year scattered around the countryside, i have as many as 2-300 poppies growing.
GROWING ASIAN POPPIES IN THE US IS LEGAL. In fact, theyre planted in the rotunda of our state capital and in yards and nurseries around the country.
CUTTING THE SEED HEAD OF THE ASIAN POPPY IN THE FALL AND MILKING THE RAW OPIUM IS VERY ILLEGIAL AND CARRIES A STIFF SENTENCE. Of course i never milk my poppies, but if i did, the 300 or so plants ive scattered about would yield well over an oz and perhaps 2, of pure raw opium that would send one into la la land when mixed inot a big on stogie.
I love seeing the beautiful flowers on the way to my grow although some less sensitive farmers consider the afghani poppies to be dull and ugly,i see them as wonderful blooms full of enjoyment. , And at the end of summer, youre china white will self sow and each spot will forever more, produce its own little buch of poppies.