California Poppy Seed ( Annual )

Gardening Tips

The California poppy, or Eschscholzia californica, is the state flower of California. Known for its bright orange color, this North American native wildflower can also be found in shades of pink, yellow, red and white. California poppies can reach heights of 12 to 18 inches and bloom throughout the summer months.

California poppies are best propagated from seed. Although they can be propagated through transplantation, it is hard to do, and often times the plants do not survive the process. If you must start indoors, use deep pots. Sow seeds in the early spring once the ground reaches 60 degrees Fahrenheit and is workable. Choose an area that receives full sun, at least six hours of sunlight, and has well-draining poor soils. Mix the seeds with 4 parts sand to ensure even spacing. Cover the seeds with 1/16 inch of soil. Water immediately after sowing and keep the soil moist until the seedlings develop their first leaves.

Reduce watering of California poppies once they become established. Water plants one or two times per week only during periods of no rainfall. They are highly drought-tolerant and will suffer if kept too moist. Problems such as powdery mildew or mold will form on the plants' leaves if excessive watering is prolonged. Their roots will begin to rot and die back, affecting the health of the plant. If rainfall occurs, do not provide additional water.

California poppies prefer poor soils. If sown in areas where the soil is too rich and fertile, the poppies will produce foliage with few flowers. Fertilize California poppies only when they appear to be unhealthy with yellow leaves. Apply a 10-10-10 nitrogen, phosphorous and potassium fertilizer at the recommended rate on the label. Do not fertilize California poppies under any other circumstance, as excess fertilization will stop blooming and can harm the plants.

Blooms will begin to appear on your poppies one and a half to two months after sowing. Normal bloom time lasts for six to eight weeks. Pinch blooms from their stems as they begin to fade to encourage new blooms to form. This practice can prolong the blooming period of California poppies by one to two additional weeks.

Leave a few of the last blooms on the stems in order to encourage seed production. The petals will drop leaving a seed head behind. Remove the seed head from the stem once dry in zones 1 through 4. Store the harvested seed heads in glass jars or paper envelopes in a dark, dry and cool spot until spring sowing. Allow the dried seed heads to remain on the stems in zones 5 through 9. In these zones, the California poppies will self-sow their seeds.


FA60 "Red Chief" California Poppy
( Eschscholzia californica red chief )
Scarlet flowers stand out strikingly against the silvery blue-green foliage. These plants need little care and can survive in dry areas with sandy soil. Blue-gray foliage contrasts nicely with satiny flowers that bloom from June to frost. Clip the flowers from the plant before the bud opens for cut flowers. Drought tolerant and naturalizes especially in shoreline areas. Direct seed outdoors. It does not transplant well.
 75mg package ( about 40-50 seeds ) $2.50
RHC446 California Poppy, Sundew
( Eschscholzia caespitosa )
Compact, tufted single lemon yellow flowers, sweetly scented, grows about 6" tall.
  Package of 250 seeds, $8.95
3303 Twister
( Eschscholzia )
Fleuroselect, Double mix of orange, yellow, white, pink, grows about 8" tall, blooms in 8 weeks from seed.
 50mg Package ( about 50 seeds ) $2.95
FA85 Purple Gleam California Poppy ( Eschscholzia californica )
A truly beautiful variety of California Poppy with a unique, deep purple color. Grows 6-8 inches tall, blooms profusely, is easy to grow, and will self-sow.
 50mg Package ( about 30 seeds ) $2.25
RHC447 California Poppy, Thai Silk Apricot Bush
( Eschscholzia )
Apricot yellow, upright, free blooming, grows about 6" tall.
  Package of 250 seeds, $8.95
RHC448 California Poppy, Thai Silk Rose Bush
( Eschscholzia )
Tufted habit, brilliant rose, abundant bloomer, grows about 8" tall.
  Package of 250 seeds, $8.95
RHC806 California Poppy, Thai Silk Appleblossom Bush
( Eschscholzia )
Really neat apple and peachy colors on each double flower, very appealing, grows about 8" tall.
  Package of 250 seeds, $8.95
RHC807 California Poppy, Thai Silk Pink Champagne
( Eschscholzia )
Stunning soft pink to rose pink shades, cream base, fully rippled double, grows about 8" tall.
  Package of 250 seeds, $8.95
RHC808 California Poppy, Thai Silk Strawberry Fields
( Eschscholzia )
Yellow base with intense red edging, grows about 8" tall.
  Package of 250 seeds, $8.95
RHC810 California Poppy, Thai Silk Milkmaid
( Eschscholzia )
Double flowered, cream rims splashed with lemon, grows about 8" tall.
  Package of 250 seeds, $8.95
RHC809 California Poppy, Champagne and Roses
( Eschscholzia )
Blend of rose to pink shades, full of surprises, grows about 15" tall.
  Package of 250 seeds, $10.95
RHC449 California Poppy, Thai Silk Fire Bush
( Eschscholzia )
Semi double, scarlet, grows about 8" tall.
  Package of 250 seeds, $8.95
IM002 California Poppy, Chrome Queen
( Eschscholzia )
Beautiful sulphur yellow flowers that bloom very early, only grow about 6" tall.
  60mg Package ( about 40 seeds ) $2.25
FA83 Ballerina Mix California Poppy
( Eschscholzia californica )
Double, fluted petals, mix of brilliant colors. Grows 7-10 inches tall, blooms profusely, is easy to grow, and will self-sow.
  .15cc package ( about 30-40 seeds ) $2.50
FA84 Orange King California Poppy
( Eschscholzia californica )
A brilliant orange selection, the brightest of the orange poppies. Grows 6-8 inches tall, blooms profusely, is easy to grow, and will self-sow.
  .15cc package ( about 30-40 seeds ) $2.50
FA87 Thai Silk Lemon Bush California Poppy
( Eschscholzia californica )
Pastel lemon, strong bloomer. Grows 6-8 inches tall, blooms profusely, is easy to grow, and will self-sow.
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IM004 California Poppy, Buttermilk
( Eschscholzia alba )
Single, creamy white flowers, on plants growing about 15" tall.
  Package of 25 seeds, $1.95
RHC450 California Poppy, Thai Silk Mix
( Eschscholzia )
Semi double, mix, grows about 8" tall.
  Package of 250 seeds, $8.95
SF054 California Poppy, Carmine King
( Eschscholzia californica )
1 foot tall poppy plants with shades of carmine and pink with white centers.
  75mg Package ( about 50 seeds ) $2.15
BN02 California Poppy, Mikado
( Eschscholzia californica )
Large single bloom, orange with scarlet reverse.
  75mg Package ( 30-40 seeds ) $2.15
2077 "Ivory Castle" California Poppy
( Eschscholzia californica )
Pristine white single blooms on tall 15 inch stems create one of the most stunning displays in a cottage garden. Gorgeous as a background planting, or planted in a naturalized setting in a meadow or on a hillside.
  1/32 teaspoon package ( about 50-75 seeds ) $2.50
2079 "Mission Bells Mix" California Poppy
( Eschscholzia californica )
Grows about 12 inches tall. Flowers are many shades of pastel yellow, pink and orange with lightly ruffled petals.Note: The price of this item has been slashed to Ninety Five cents per pack! To order this and many other flower seed selections for only 95 cents per pack, please visit our GoodCentsFlowers Seed List.
2080 Dwarf California Poppy (Eschscholzia caespitosa)
Grows 5-10 inches tall with bright, rich yellow flowers. This flower is native to California and Oregon. The blooms close each night and on overcast days. Looks beautiful spilling over a wall. The feathery foliage is attractive, too.
  1/4 teaspoon package ( about a hundred seeds ) $1.95
  1 ounce bulk package ( about 15,000 seeds } $18.50
Brilliant Orange California Poppy
Upright compact plant grown as an annual that is drought resistant and makes a perfect wildflower patch. Brilliant orange, 2-4 inch cup shaped flowers above bluish green foliage.

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D9845 Brilliant Orange California Poppy ( Bulk )
Upright compact plant grown as an annual that is drought resistant and makes a perfect wildflower patch. Brilliant orange, 2-4 inch cup shaped flowers above bluish green foliage.
  Package of ONE OUNCE ( 18,000 seeds ) $18.75
D9846 Brilliant Orange California Poppy ( Bulk }
Upright compact plant grown as an annual that is drought resistant and makes a perfect wildflower patch. Brilliant orange, 2-4 inch cup shaped flowers above bluish green foliage.
  Package of ONE POUND ( 293,000 seeds ) $125.00
2059 California Poppy Native Mix ( Eschscholtiza californica )
A wonderful mix of native California Poppies in a mixture of Red/Orange/Yellow/White colors. Excellent garden selection.
  1/2 Teaspoon Package ( Hundreds of seeds ) $2.15
JPAG26 Plant Growth Stimulator for Poppy Plants
Jim has developed this product through years of testing on his farms. This natural, environmentally safe solution will produce amazing results, producing vigorous plants and extended blooming periods. We highly recommend you do you own trial test ( i.e. spray one plant with solution, next to a plant not sprayed with solution over the length of a growing season ) to fully appreciate how effective this product is.
This is a two part water soluble product that should be mixed 14.75cc of each part ( we provide measuring spoon with solution } to one gallon of water and sprayed onto the foliage of the plants. It contains Food Grade H202, ( produced by nature ) Gibberellic Acid ( a natural plant growth hormone ), B1 and other plant vitamins, plant hormones, ( made from natural sources ) micronutrients including Boron (B), Copper (Cu), Iron (Fe), Manganese (Mn), Molybdenum (Mo), Sulfur (S) and Zinc (Zn) plus a natural detergent based "sticker" that makes the product stick to the leaves until absorbed by the plant.
This mix will make 16 gallons of solution.
  $14.95

Sowing and Care Instructions for Eschscholzia Species:

Sow on cultivated soil. Can be fall planted in California, but should be Spring planted in cooler zones. Plants are easy to grow, but do not like to be transplanted. Sow in place when possible. Prefers sunny spot with well drained soil.