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Poppies

Adorning gardens around the world, Poppies are available in a wide range of species, unique colors and sizes. All of our Poppies grow well from seed. As a rule, Poppies hate any sort of root disturbance. So, direct sow Poppies in rich, very well-draining soil in full to partial sunlight as soon as the ground can be worked in the spring. (If you must start indoors for transplant out, use individual cells or pots~not flats.) 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
$3.75
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Gardening Tips

Poppies Sowing Instructions
Planting Depth
:0”
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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