Poppy Seed - Shirley Poppy Wildflower Seeds

Poppy Seeds - Shirley

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Flower Specifications

Approximate seeds per pound: 3,401,942

Season: Annual

USDA Zones: 3 - 9

Height: 12 - 15 inches

Bloom Season: Summer

Bloom Color: Mix

Environment: Full sun

Soil Type: Loose, well-drained, pH 6.1 - 7.3

Deer Resistant: Yes

Planting Directions

Temperature: 55 - 60F

Average Germ Time: 21 - 28 days

Light Required: Yes

Depth: Do not cover the seed but press into the soil

Sowing Rate: 2/3 ounce per 1,000 square feet or 2 pounds per acre

Moisture: Keep seeds moist until germination

Plant Spacing: 12 inches

Care & Maintenance: Poppy

Shirley Poppy Wildflower Seed

Shirley Poppy (Papaver Rhoeas) - The Shirley Poppy comes from Shirley, England, where in the 1880s, a local vicar carefully selected and hybridized Poppies in his own wild flower garden. Over many years he obtained a strain of Poppies ranging in colors from white to pale lilac to pink and red, and unlike the wild Poppies these had no dark blotches at the base of the petals. Over the years, further wildflower Poppy selection has created the semi-double and double forms, as well as flowers with a ring of contrasting color around the edge called the picotee form. Easily grown from Shirley Poppy seeds, gardeners enthusiastically grow this variety for the wonderful display of diverse color and forms. How to Grow Poppies: Directly sow Poppy seeds in early spring before frosts have finished. Shirley Poppies grow best in loose soil that drains well. Press the flower seeds firmly into the soil and keep the soil moist until germination.

Seed Starting Matrix

Shake 'n Seed - We are now offering shaker bottles filled with our seed starting matrix: rich soil, gardening sand, water absorbing crystals, and starter fertilizer. This not only helps dispense your seed, but it gets it off to a great start! Simply remove lid from shaker bottle, add seed from packet, put back on lid, shake the bottle vigorously for 15 seconds, and then shake your way to beautiful new plants! Use Shake 'n Seed over good quality soil, and then gently water to keep seed moist until it sprouts. Great for ground covers or mass planting flower seeds.