Although the seeds were ridiculously inexpensive (about twenty-five cents for a large quantity), they obviously are not intended for planting. Germination was very poor, and the ornamental qualities were, well, maybe not to everyone's taste. However, at least three plants made it and produced reasonably-sized seedpods:
About two weeks ago, while we were cleaning up in the yard, I snapped the dry heads off the plants. I wasn't sure if they had already dispersed their seeds, or if they were ripe enough. However, after I got tired of them sitting on the kitchen counter, I opened them up to find a surprising quantity of poppy seeds:
Many of the seeds from one seed head appeared immature, but the other two contained seeds that looked just like the ones I planted in the spring. I suppose this isn't surprising, but it seemed like a miracle to me.
I am saving these seeds to try planting again next spring. I am hoping that they will germinate much better than the ones from the supermarket. If I had been planning to use them for baking, I'm not sure how I would have separated the seeds from the chaff effectively. Any ideas from readers?