California Poppy Seed ( Annual )
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.
NW68 White Linen ( Eschscholzia californica )
White Linen is a stunning variety that is as unusual as it is beautiful. An excellent self-seeder, it puts on quite a show of delicate paper-like petals, especially when planted in abundance.
White Linen California Poppy will produce creamy white flowers that measure 2 or 3 inches wide in diameter. The plants will grow to a mature height of roughly 12 to 18 inches tall.
Grown as a tender perennial, they attract an array of beneficial insects to the garden, such as butterflies, bumblebees, honeybees and more.
FA60 Red Chief ( Eschscholzia californica )
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
NW60 California Poppy, Sundew ( Eschscholzia
Compact, tufted single lemon yellow flowers, sweetly scented,
grows about 6" tall.
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.
TRN133 Golden West ( Eschscholzia californica )
A spectacular bloomer producing beautiful golden poppies with orange hearts. It readily establishes from seeds, and it is highly drought tolerant and tends to perform well in just about any environment, even arid and inhospitable ones.
When planted in mass groupings, these have tremendous visual appeal.
NW61 California Poppy, Thai Silk Apricot Chiffon ( Eschscholzia )
Apricot yellow, upright, free blooming, grows about 6"
NW62 California Poppy, Thai Silk Rose Bush
( Eschscholzia )
Tufted habit, brilliant rose, abundant bloomer, grows about 8"
IP203 California Poppy, Thai Silk Appleblossom Bush ( Eschscholzia )
Really neat apple and peachy colors on each double flower, very appealing, grows about 8" tall.
IP204 California Poppy, Thai Silk Pink Champagne ( Eschscholzia )
Stunning soft pink to rose pink shades, cream base, fully rippled double, grows about 8" tall.
TRN373 California Poppy, Thai Silk Strawberry Fields ( Eschscholzia )
Yellow base with intense red edging, grows about 8" tall.
TRN370 California Poppy, Champagne and Roses ( Eschscholzia )
Blend of rose to pink shades, full of surprises, grows about 15" tall.
NW58 California Poppy, Thai Silk Fire Bush ( Eschscholzia )
Drought and clay tolerant. Deer resistant. Fire retardant. Native to California. Border, edging and container plant. Great for naturalizing.
Birds are attracted to the seeds. Foliage is silvery blue. Bloom time: spring-summer. Bloom color: fiery red with bright yellow eyes. Grows about 8" tall. Hardy to zone 6.
IM002 California Poppy, Chrome Queen ( Eschscholzia )
Beautiful sulphur yellow flowers that bloom very early, only
grow about 6" tall.
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
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.
IM004 California Poppy, Buttermilk
( Eschscholzia alba )
Single, creamy white flowers, on plants growing about 15"
NW63 California Poppy, Thai Silk Mix ( Eschscholzia )
Semi double, mix, grows about 8" tall.
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.
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!
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