EXCLUSIVE - Everyone loves easy to grow, long-blooming California poppies with their vivid blossoms and carefree natural ambiance. We’ve mixed seeds for a wonderful duet of poppy colors: a luminous soft cream that blooms first, soon joined by a gorgeous stained glass red. This duo of radiant blossoms with feathery gray-green foliage is beautiful in flowerbeds or perfect to cover bare or neglected garden areas. A little bouquet of these satiny valentine-colored flowers is pure serendipity!(Eschscholtzia californica)
Product Weight: 2 grams / approximately 1275 seeds
Plant Type: Annual
Bloom Color: red, orange, cream
Grows Best In: Full Sun
Bloom Period: Summer
Growth Habit: bush
Days to Seed Germination: 7-14 days
Seed Planting Depth: Barely Cover
Growing Height: 30-40 cm (12-15")
Sow seeds directly into a finely textured, well drained garden bed in full sun as early in spring as the ground can be worked. Plant as early as possible in spring, as poppies can handle light frost and bloom best and longest when plants get a good start in cool weather. In mild winter climates, Poppies can also be sown in late fall to overwinter for spring bloom.
Except in very poor soil, these California poppies will grow and flower readily with no added fertilizer. Space seeds several inches apart, cover 1/4 inch deep, and firm soil gently. Keep soil moist as seedlings emerge. Weed young seedlings carefully. If seedlings come up very thickly, thin poppies early but delay final thinning until seedlings are well established in spring. Final spacing should be 3 to 4 inches apart as plants need room to grow and bloom.
When mature, poppy plants can handle dry conditions, but they will always bloom longer if regularly watered. Poppies are pretty cut flowers if brought indoors just as buds begin to open. At season’s end, allow spent flowers to form pods and drop seed if you want poppies to self-sow for next years flowers.