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Poppy Seeds, Californian Jelly Beans

Eschscholzia californica
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Low-maintenance flowers have never been so beautiful! These gorgeous double blooms are perfectly showcased amidst charming feathery foliage. California poppies produce silky blooms and have the longest flowering period making them a winning selection. Grows best when watered sparingly in a well-drained location.

  • SKU: 142258
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Safe for bees
for Bees
Grow best in
Best In:
Full Sun
Days to germination
Days to
10 to 21 days
Water needs
Average 2.5-5 cm (1-2") per week
Best container size
Container Size:
Growing height
Growing Height:
25 cm (10")
Key Features Chevron Down Chevron Forward
  • Plant Type: Flower
  • Botanical Name: Eschscholzia californica
  • Fill Weight (grams): 0.2
  • Approximate Seed Count: 100-110
  • Common Name: California Poppy
  • Characteristics: long blooming | attracts pollinators | container friendly
  • Planting Method: Sow Direct
  • Plant Lifecycle: Annual
  • Seed Type: Open Pollinated
  • Color: Orange, salmon, rose, gold, pink, raspberry
  • Water Needs: Average 2.5-5 cm (1-2") per week
  • Harvest/Bloom Season: July to Frost
  • Tolerance: drought tolerant|tolerates poor soils
Instructions Chevron Down Chevron Forward
    Growing Instructions:

    Poppy does not transplant well and seeds should be sown directly into the garden when the soil is warm and all danger of frost is passed. Soil temperature (not air temperature) should be warmer than 15°C (60°F) for seeds to germinate Planting at a lower temperature will delay germination. Choose a location that receives at least 6 hours of sunlight daily. Space seeds and plant to the depth indicated below. Press seeds into the soil to ensure good contact and cover with 3 mm (1/8") of soil. After planting, water the seeds with a gentle mist or shower. A hard spray can wash soil away, dislodge seeds and clump them together. It is critical to keep the soil consistently moist, but not soggy during germination. Do not let the soil dry out, as young plants have underdeveloped roots and can quickly dehydrate, particularly in windy conditions. When your seedlings reach a height of a few centimetres (inches) and have developed 2 or 3 pairs of leaves, it is important to thin them out, according to the plant spacing indicated below to provide good air circulation and room to grow.

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  • Planting Depth: 3 mm (1/8")
  • Seed Spacing: 1.3 cm (1/2")

  • Instructions for Nutrient Care: Feed plants SUPERthrive once per week. Mix 1.2 ml (1/4 tsp) per 4L (1 gallon) of water in a watering can and apply solution to the base of the plants.
  • Plant Spread: 15 cm (6")
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Growing Suggestions:
  • Poppy seeds can be sown using the scatter method. Simply roughen the soil with a rake, scatter seeds evenly over the surface, then smooth the soil over lightly to cover the seeds.
  • Keep soil moist, yet not overly wet. Poppies prefer the soil to dry out in between waterings. Water at the base of the plant, rather than overhead. Prolonged dampness on the foliage of California Poppies invites diseases such as powdery mildew, gray mould and leaf spot.
  • California Poppy plants may stop producing flowers in excessive heat but will rebloom once temperatures cool down.
  • Regularly removing spent flowers, known as deadheading will promote continuous blooming and encourage the growth of fresh buds.
  • Plants should not be grown in the shade as they can develop diseases.
  • California poppies will not grow well in heavy clay.

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