Poppy - California
This is the true California poppy with 2 inch orange flowers exclusively. 14 to 16 inch foliage is silverish blue and lacy, with plants a foot tall. Flowers close at night and open in the morning. Blooming is profuse, then rests a bit and comes strongly a second time.
Germination: 7-14 days
Germination Temperature: Optimum soil temperatures are 55-65ºF
Seed Planting Depth: Sow ⅛” deep
Starting Indoors: Difficult to transplant, not recommended. Roots and stems are fragile. Sowing into individual biodegradable peat/cow pots reduces root damage when transplanting. Sow 2-3 seeds per cell/pot. Transplant a few weeks before the last frost.
Sowing Outdoors: Early spring as soon as the ground can be worked or in the fall. Sow a few seeds every 6-9" or prepare a weed free seed bed and sprinkle down seeds. Thin the seedlings 6-9" apart. Do not start poppies in hot weather. Germination and growth will be poor sow them in late fall and early spring.
Growth Habit: Upright
Height and Width: 14-18” x 12-18”
Spacing: 6-9” apart
Light Needs: Full sun
Soil Needs: Average, loamy, sandy, well-drained
Approximate days to flower from seed: 60-70 days, late spring to early summer
Uses: Flower beds, cottage and wildflower gardens, attracts pollinators