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Poppy seed - Iceland Poppy : Billowy tissue petals of creamy pastels.

Poppy - Iceland

Papaver nudicaule

Billowy tissue paper flowers in creamy pastels of soft yellow, orange, and white. Seeds grow best after a frost, so sow in late fall or very early spring before last frost. Prefers light to germinate so sow on the soil surface and lightly press in but do not cover. Full sun. Annual, perennial in warm climates. (1/2 Gram Packet)  

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Average Seed / oz Seed / 100' Row Average Yield / 100' Row Days to Harvest
15600 n/a n/a 90-120
Planting Season Ideal Soil Temp Sun Frost Tolerance
After Last Frost 60°F Full Sun Frost Sensitive
Sowing Method Seed Depth Direct Seed Spacing Seeds Per Packet
Direct Seed surface 3-6" 4500
Mature Spacing Days to Sprout Production Cycle Seed Viability
12-18" 21-28 Annual 2 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.


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.


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.


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.