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Adorning gardens around the world, Poppies are available in a wide range of species, unique colors and sizes. Poppies are best sown directly into your garden beds in late fall or winter, or early spring at the very latest. Their seeds appreciate the stratification that winter provides, and they also need chilly temperatures to germinate in spring. Poppies also abhor root disturbance, so transplanting seedlings grown indoors will likely result in failure. (If you must start indoors for transplant out, use individual cells or pots~not flats.) Once you've selected your Poppy seeds, choose the spot in which you'd like them to grow. It's essential that Poppies be grown in lean, well-draining soil, though Oriental Poppies are an exception--they prefer richer soil. For all other Poppies, simply clear the spot of any lingering weeds or debris, scratch the soil up lightly with a rake, and sprinkle the seeds on the surface. Poppy seeds are small and dark~mixing the seeds with sand will make it easier to sow them evenly and to see where you've sown them. Poppy seeds need light to germinate, so don't bother covering them. Fall rains and winter snow cycles will nestle them into the soil perfectly. In spring, once the seedlings begin to pop up, thin them to about 6" to 10" apart. Bee friendly. Deer resistant.

Average seed life: 4 to 5 years.

Pepperbox Breadseed Poppy

One heck of a gorgeous ornamental plant, our Pepperbox Breadseed Poppy has mauve-pink flowers that produce the tiny blue-gray seeds that classic bread and dessert bakers crave. This 2' to 3' tall heirloom should be grown as an annual, although it may well overwinter in more temperate climates. Sow seed directly into the garden in late fall or very early spring. Unfortunately, you will have to decide if you want to grow it for cut flowers or for its seed: you cannot have both. For seed production, allow the flowers to bloom and die back and the seed pods to grow and develop. The Poppy seeds have a unique nutty aroma and unriveled taste that are perfect in lemon-poppy seed pound cake, sweet poppy seed salad dressing (you must try Karen Burroughs' Strawberry Spinach Salad recipe), savory breads and as a decorative and tasty garnish over special fall salads. We particularly love a pear, gorgonzola, candied walnut and Arugula salad dressed with a light sweet vinaigrette and topped with a generous sprinkling of Poppy seeds. Hardy Annual. (OP.)

Average seed life: 4 to 5 years.

One packet of about 3,500 seeds
Catalog #6194
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Poppies Sowing Instructions
Planting Depth
Seed Spacing:6”-8”
Plant Spacing:15”-18”
Days to Germination:10-15 days
Germination Temperature:55°-65°F

Papaver spp. It is best to direct-sow in rich, very well-draining soil in full to partial sunlight as soon as the ground can be worked in the spring, through the fall for a prolonged blooming season. Lightly cover seeds with soil as light aids germination. Or, start indoors 6 to 8 weeks before transplanting out after the threat of frost has passed. Use individual peat pots or seed-starting cells to avoid root disturbances. Harden off the seedlings by gradually acclimating them to the outdoors. Once the seedlings are 2" tall, thin or transplant 15" to 18" apart. Grown for its seed, its pink, mauve, purple, red or white flowers are an added bonus. To harvest seed for baking or planting, allow the pods to dry on the plants. Remove the whole pods before they split, break the pods open, remove the seeds and store them in an airtight container in a cool, dry spot until use. Late spring flowering.

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