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Shirley Poppy Seeds - Mixed Double Papaver rhoeas

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Packet $3.50
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1/4 Pound Package $26.95 44% Sold Out
1 Pound Sack $59.95 69% Sold Out
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  • Annual; Grows up to 28 Inches
  • Easy to grow; Thrives in all regions of the country
  • Prefers full sun exposure

Product Description

Shirley Poppy Seeds - Double - Mixed Colors

Shirley Poppies are probably familiar to you, as they are specially bred up from the common Field Poppy to become magnificent, double blooms with a range of lovely colors and patterns. What may not be familiar is how easy they are to grow, and what a brilliant addition they would make to your garden!

  • Fast Facts

    Name:Shirley Poppy - Mixed Double
    Botanical Name:Papaver rhoeas
    Life Cycle:Annual
    Bloom Season:Spring/Summer
    Height:Up to 28 Inches
    Light Requirement:Sun
    Sowing Method:Direct Sow
    Seeds per Pound:Approx 3,200,000
    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 625 Sq. Ft
    1/4 Pound PackageUp to 2,500 Sq. Ft
    1 Pound SackUp to 10,000 Sq. Ft
    5 Pound SackUp to 1.3 Acres

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Product Reviews

Global Rating: 5.00 from 1 reviews

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Exquisite Perfection

I ordered several kinds of poppy seeds for this year's garden and these are by far my favorite and will be a regular addition to our garden from here on out. I planted the seeds in March and had flowers by June. Each morning I go out to the garden and pick the ones in bloom and they always are even now in mid-July; my favorites are the reds and orangey ones, partly because seem to last longer (2+ days) as a cut flower provided I use a match to prepare the cut ends. I only wish the mix I received had more of these colors and the pinks as pictured, since mine were mostly white, but I'll take them!

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