PLEASE NOTE: Since plants are often sourced from the garden to order, sizes do vary a little, depending on how they come out of the ground, but I always endeavour to give a little more rather than less! They are sometimes shipped bare-rooted, but will approximate the size specified (e.g. a 9cm pot).

Papaver orientale
Oriental poppy
Type/Hardiness Herbaceous, Perennial, Hardy
Flowering period Late Spring - early Summer
Height 24-36in/.60-90cm
Light preference Sun/part shade
Soil preference Any reasonable, well-drained soil
Sowing time/depth Feb-May, Surface
These seeds were gathered from a neighbour's garden and she couldn't remember the colour of the flowers, but since they are unlikely to come true in any case, it's a moot point! My guess is that you can expect a large proportion of reds. All the oriental poppies are gorgeous, with huge, papery blooms, and are much loved by pollinating insects.
Sowing and/or growing instructions
Oriental poppies resent root disturbance so it is best to sow in the ground where they are to grow. Do not cover them with soil, as they require light for germination. Thin to 6 inches apart. Alternatively, sow thinly into small biodegradable pots containing moist, good quality compost, in a cold frame or cool greenhouse, covering with clear plastic to retain moisture. Pinck out all but one strong seedling (being careful not to disturb the roots of the remaining plant) and plant out, pot and all, when large enough. Cut back after flowering. This tends to leave a bare patch, but fresh rosettes of foliage will soon grow to fill the gap.
Seed
1 packet £1.95

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