Growing heirloom California poppies in your garden
- 15+ heirloom California poppy seed varieties
- The official state flower of California since 1903
- Beautiful blooms of orange, yellow, red, and more
- A wonderful easy-to-grow variety
Add beautiful california poppies to your home garden
Eschscholzia californica, or California poppy seeds, are a drought-tolerant, self-seeding, and easy-to-grow option for your garden. "Golden poppy," "California sunlight," "flame flower," and "cup of gold" are some of the names given to this cultivar. It is endemic to the United States and Mexico, and it was designated as California's official state flower in 1903. It's also easy to spot thanks to the countless Scenic Route signage featuring these blooms that can be found all over the country. You can't go wrong with Eden Brothers' Heirloom California Poppy Seeds as wonderful additions to beds, borders, pots, rock gardens, or along roads and walkways, with variations for every blooming season.
How to grow the best california poppies
These blossoms thrive in a variety of conditions, including arid and hostile ones. Full sun, sandy, poor to average, well-drained soils are ideal for heirloom California poppies. Sow directly into the garden after the last frost date in the spring. Because heirloom California poppies dislike having their roots disturbed, they should not be started indoors for transplanting. Sow seeds shallowly, covering them with only a 1/16 inch layer of soil and spacing them about six to eight inches apart. Thin seedlings to about eight inches apart when they sprout in 14 to 21 days. If the soil dries out, water the seedlings nearly everyday. There's no need to ruin this plant with fertilizer or compost; they won't flower well if the soil is excessively rich and damp. Choose Eden Brothers' Heirloom Ballerina California Poppy Mix, which has double-petaled blooms, if you desire a fuller flower. Harvest blooms before the buds fully open to display heirloom California poppies as cut flowers.
Great benefits of heirloom california poppy
The heirloom California poppy has therapeutic applications in addition to being an aesthetic flower. It can be used to treat sleeplessness, pains, nervous agitation, bed-wetting in children, bladder disorders, and liver disorders. It's also used to help people relax. It's best to check with your doctor before using heirloom California poppies for these purposes, as some medications shouldn't be used at the same time as poppies.
For more information about planting, growing, and caring for heirloom California poppy flower seed, see the California Poppy Seeds Planting Guide.