Great Britain has become the world-leader in growing pharmaceutical opium poppies and the area in which they are grown has been expanding since 2008, and they are now being grown in the county of Suffolk.
The arable soil in Suffolk is clay-heavy and therefore drains poorly which would make it virtually impossible to farm poppies which had been bred for growing in Mediterranean, Middle-Eastern or Australasian soils. These poppies have therefore been bred to thrive in these poor soils. The same goes for sunlight levels, the UK receives no way near the amount of sunlight that these countries do, so these poppies have to be able to get by on much less light.
These are multi-podded poppies and grow similar to a tall-bush opium poppy; with an average of 5-9 flowers/pods per plant, these have by far the highest number of pods that we have ever seen in a commercially-bred opium poppy.
These seeds represent the cutting edge of commercial pharmaceutical poppy breeding, yields are incredible.
High disease-tolerance; lower light levels and water-logging of clay soils greatly increase the susceptibility of poppies to infection and disease, and that’s why poppies grown outdoors in the UK have to be bred to be highly disease-tolerant.
You will not find these seeds anywhere else.