California, Poppy Seeds
Botanical NameEschscholzia californica
Additional CharacteristicsAttracts Pollinators, Extended Blooms
Seeds Per Gram648
Seeds Per Pound294,000
Sow DepthTop of Soil
Seeds Per Ounce18,375
Sow MethodDirect Sow
Days To Maturity (# Days)58
Seeds Per Acre1 lb
Learning Download: How to Grow Poppies
Poppies are an annual planted each spring that will bring a burst of color to the garden. Once planted, Poppies are easy to care for.
Planting: Direct sow the Poppy seeds outside in a poor to average soil. If you live in Zones 3-7, direct sow seeds outdoors in the early spring when a frost may still occur. If you live in Zones 8-10, direct sow in the fall.
Watering: Once Poppies are established, they do not require frequent watering. Overwatering will result in leggy and tall Poppies.
Fertilizer: To encourage the best Poppies to grow, fertilize the Poppies once a year and then top-dress the plants with an organic material, such as manure.
Days to Maturity: Poppies will begin to bloom late spring to early summer.
Harvesting: Poppies are typically not harvested as cut flowers because their blooms will not keep for long.
Tips: Poppies self-sow, and if you don’t want them to spread and sprout in surprising places, pull the plants from the ground once they have finished blooming.
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