Why Grow Poppy & Eschscholzia Seeds?
Many types of plants are described as Poppy. These can be perennial, biennial or annual. A little bit of homework to plan how you choose the seeds of these fantastic plants. Suttons have poppy seeds representing a wide range of poppy varieties, ‘Lilac Pom-Pom’ are a marshmallow pink with heavily petalled character and offer something a little bit different.
The red ‘Field Poppy’ is the one Poppy we all know due to its association with our brave war heroes. For an amazing perennial Poppy, try the electric blue Himalayan Poppy ‘Lingholm’.
Californian Poppies are so easy to grow, an unfussy plant that really gives you your monies worth. A little bit of effort will see these plants naturalise and become part of your outdoor space.
Growing Poppies From Seed
- Drill sow or broadcast your poppy seeds in early to late spring. Making sure the soil has a nice fine tilth for easy germination. Don't cover the seeds as they need light to germinate, make sure you label the area they are growing in for identification once they start growing
- Perennial Poppies should be sow under glass in a propagator
- Water Poppies when they are young, can take the dry quite happily. The perennial Himalayan poppy likes damp nutrient-rich soil
- Poppies will take a light shade so this can give you more options for their growing position
- Keep an eye out for mildew & remove infected leaves or use organic spray. Most Poppies will not be comfortable in a container except Field Poppy
- Once annual poppies are finishing remove after flowering and shake seed heads for elf sowing. First deadhead regularly if don't want seeds spread
- Perennial Poppies will need staking in breezy spots and deadhead to encourage flowering
How Long Do Poppies Take To Grow From Seed?
It all depends on the variety of poppy seed. In general, you need to allow 7-30 days for poppies to germinate, depending on the poppy variety, the condition of soil and temperatures. Check your poppy seed packet for details.
These versatile plants look so natural when planting in drifts. Poppies are loved by bees and support our precious pollinators. A packet of Field Poppies bought from Suttons will mean that a donation will be made to an armed forces charity.
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