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Poppy Seeds - California

$2.95

Eschscholzia californica

Silken orange flowers sit atop green ferny foliage. Low growing plants stay below 18" and are drought tolerant. Direct seed after last frost. Annual in most regions, perennial in warm climates. 
  • Planting Information
  • Growing Information
  • Seed Saving Information
Average Seed / ozSeed / 100' RowAverage Yield / 100' RowDays to Harvest
15600n/an/a90-120
Planting SeasonIdeal Soil TempSunFrost Tolerance
After Last Frost60°FFull/PartFrost Sensitive
Sowing MethodSeed DepthDirect Seed SpacingSeeds Per Packet
Direct Seed1/8"3-6"340
Mature SpacingDays to SproutProduction CycleSeed Viability
8-10"10-15Annual2 years

Bed Preparation

 

Clear an area with full sun. Loosen top layer of soil to allow germinating seeds to penetrate the surface. Poppies are self-seeding annuals in cooler climates or perennials in warmer climates, with the exception of P. orientale which is a hardy perennial in most regions.

 

Planting

 

Direct seed in fall, winter, or early spring before the last frost. Seed needs light to germinate. Sow seeds on top of soil and press down lightly. Seeds germinate within 20-30 days. Thin seedlings so that mature plants are 6-12” apart, depending on desired density of flowers.

 

Harvest

 

Annuals flower in the first year, while P. orientale will flower in its second year. Harvest flowers in the morning to avoid moisture loss. Cut stems where they meet leaves for optimal healing of plants. After seed pods have completely dried, open seeds and pour into a non-porous container as seeds are very small.

 

Storage

 

Store seeds from poppies with edible seed in a dry, air-tight container. Poppy flowers tend to not store well, and only last for a few hours in water.

 

Seed Saving

 

After seed pods have completely dried, open seeds and pour into a non-porous container as seeds are generally very small.