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Poppy Seeds - Pepperbox Papaver somniferum

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Grow Heirloom Poppies - Plant Pepperbox Poppy Seeds

Blooming in a wide array of romantic shades, this heirloom variety of poppy prides itself in its dual usage! First, they will dazzle your garden with their beauty. Then once the flowers are spent, they are a valuable source of nutty-flavored, culinary-grade seeds that are great in breads and cakes.

  • Fast Facts

    Name:Poppy Seeds - Pepperbox
    Botanical Name:Papaver somniferum
    Life Cycle:Annual
    Light Requirement:Full Sun,Partial Sun
    Planting Season:Spring
    Plant Type:Tall green stems with pink blossoms with purple heart
    Features:Open Pollinated,Attracts Pollinators,Drought Tolerant,Container Garden,Easy to Grow & Maintain
    Color:Purple,Pink
    Blooms:Summer
    Plant Height:Up to 40 inches
    Plant Spacing:6-8 inches
    Planting Depth:1/16 inch
    Sowing Method:Start Indoors,Direct Sow
    Cold Stratification:Yes
    Seeds per Packet:300 mg
    Hardiness Zones:3,4,5,6,7,8,9
    Ships:Year Round
  • Planting Instructions

    Poppy seeds need to be cold stratified to germinate. Learn how to cold stratify your seed here.

    Papaver Rhoeas act as perennials in moderate climates, but they perform as annuals where freezing temperatures and snow occur in winter. These poppies germinate most successfully in cool to moderate temperatures and they are, in fact, frost tolerant. Poppies flower best under cool spring weather conditions. Bloom decreases on poppies as temperatures increase in summer months.

    In growing zones 3 – 7, the Red Corn Poppy, Shirley Poppy – Mixed Colors and the Shirley Poppy – Mixed Double seeds can be planted in late autumn or early spring when a light frost is still possible.

    In zones 8 – 10, these poppy seeds should be sown in late autumn or winter.

    Poppies only need soil that is ordinary and moist, but well drained. The seeds should not be planted deeply; they just need to be compressed into the soil, as they need light to germinate. The best method for planting is to mix one part seed with 5 parts sand and scatter over the prepared growing area.

    These varieties of poppy seeds generally germinate in about 20 days. You can thin the seedlings to 6” to 8” apart after they emerge.

    If planting in rows, then plant the seeds 6” to 8” apart.

    Poppies do best if planted directly outdoors in their intended location rather than transplanting them. However, if necessary, they can be started in biodegradable peat pots indoors before the last spring frost. The entire peat pot can then be planted outdoors once the poppy seedlings are established.

    Poppies should be watered regularly, but they can tolerate dry conditions. It is not necessary to fertilize poppies.

    Red Corn Poppy and Shirley Poppy varieties can reach 2’ to 4’ in height at maturity with flowers up to 2” across.

    It generally takes about 60 to 90 days for poppies to bloom after the seed is planted. This timing depends very much on your growing zone and when you plant, along with Mother Nature’s cooperation. The bloom season for poppies is spring to summer. Poppy plants will bloom for a few weeks, but the length of bloom time can be extended by regular watering and application of mulch for moisture retention, as well as regular dead-heading of spent flowers. It is also recommended that the seed be sown in successive plantings to extend the bloom season of the poppies.

    Visit our Poppy planting guide page to learn more and watch planting videos.

  • Seed Coverage

    AmountRecommended Coverage
      
    PacketUp to 100 Sq. Ft
    Ounce PackageUp to 1,200 Sq. Ft
    1/4 Pound PackageUp to 5,000 Sq. Ft
    1 Pound SackUp to 20,000 Sq. Ft
    5 Pound SackUp to 2 Acres

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