Poppy, California Orange (Eschscholzia californica) - 200 Seeds
•State flower of California
•American grown seeds
•US Native Wildflower
•Perennial (zones 8-10), Annual elsewhere
•USDA Zones: 1-10
As the state flower of California, California poppies grow wild in many meadows and prairies there and elsewhere. In a home garden setting, they are typically treated as an annual flower, but California poppies are actually short-lived perennials where they are hardy. They will easily reseed in the garden for years to come. Even when not in bloom, these plants feature soft foliage tufts that add pleasing texture to the landscape.
Sow California poppy seeds in early spring, planting the seed 1/4" below the surface of the soil; keep the soil lightly moist until germination, which should occur in 2-3 weeks at a soil temperature of 60-65 degrees. In USDA Zones 7 and warmer, bulk poppy seeds can be fall planted. Poppies do not transplant well, and must be planted while very small if started indoors. Water seedlings occasionally, but decrease watering as the plants mature; poppies tolerate drought well and will only need watering in periods of extreme dryness. This plant tolerates most soils that drain well, as well as adapting to seaside conditions. This plant does not need rich soil, and actually blooms best in poor soil. Pinch off faded blossoms for the most prolific blooming.
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