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Poppy Seeds - The Giant Papaver somniferum

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Poppy Seeds - The Giant

This variety of Poppy somniferum gigantium seeds, known as The Giant is the variety of poppy most often cultivated for culinary use and baking. The somniferum poppy is prized for the amount of seed produced by individual pods, suitable for baking and making oils. However, this Poppy's culinary uses are overshadowed by the spectacular blooms it produces! The somniferum variety of Poppy Seeds dazzles in your garden with a large, double petaled head, often referred to as a "peony flowered" poppy because of the fullness of the bloom.

  • Fast Facts

    Name:Poppy - The Giant
    Botanical Name:Papaver somniferum
    Life Cycle:Annual
    Color:Light Purple/Pink
    Bloom Season:Spring
    Height:Up to 32 Inches
    Light Requirement:Sun/Partial Shade
    Sowing Method:Direct Sow or Indoor Sow
    Seeds per Pound:Approx 1,088,621
    Hardiness Zones:3-9
    Ships:Year Around
  • 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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Product Reviews

Global Rating: 5.00 from 8 reviews

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Excellent reliable company

99% germination. Very delicate while sprouting, but hardy, and healthy with little care. Provides excellent abundant seed for my bagels and bread


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Poppy Seeds - The Giant

Excellent germination rate. Looking forward to seeing them in bloom.


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Tons of GIANT poppy

The secret to planting in Zone 9 is to germinate the seeds in a refrigerator for 2-3 weeks, in damp (not soggy) sand or perlite, in a plastic bag or suitable container. With Eden Bros. seeds I had, what I can only imagine must have been a near 99% germination rate. I was thinning these guys out for 3 months! Careful! This is GREAT seed, very virulent, and it will pop up anywhere you throw it down. Once blooming, I was greeted with a beautiful off-white and pink bloom. The plant on whole was between 3.5 and 4 feet tall. Truly a giant.


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poppy the Giant

Tthe seed you provide are wonderful they are exactly what they say they are. my wife said she's never seen a 3-foot poppy, she has now and the flowers are spectacular with a seed pod to match there are other species of flowers that are very hard to find .with your supply .I have a chance to grow some in my own garden.


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Poppy Seeds - The Giant

I planted these flowers by taking a pinch and spreading it out over small areas at a time. It would appear that all have sprouted, as I do not have any gaps in the area I planted them. I'm hoping they are not too close, as I'd hate to have to thin them. So far, they've survived 4 below 32 degree frosts, with a few more predicted to come. Very happy with the germination rate of the seeds.


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Incredible Germination Rate

I am preparing my seed stock for next year and for a sampling I took a small corner of the garden and spread a small amount of seeds. They seem to have all come up and are growing with great speed. I am confident that next spring will show a grand germination and spectacular beauty later in summer. I will stay with Eden Brothers for all my needs for seeds!


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great vendor

Order 1 ounce seed pack arrived quickly good seeds no problems


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quality seeds

Very good germination rate and good shipping. They are still small so not able to comment on finish product but they are looking good so far.

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