California Poppy Seeds (Eschscholzia California) The state flower of California

Eschscholzia California

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Poppy Seeds - California

California Poppy Seed

California Poppy (Eschscholzia Californica) - The bright orange California Poppy wildflower was named for doctor-naturalist Johann Friedrich Gustav von Eschscholtz who was the surgeon for the Russian expedition team that dropped anchor in San Francisco in 1815 in a bay surrounded by hills covered with the golden flowers. The wild flowers were designated the state flower of California in 1903, and now are protected by state law prohibiting anyone from picking or destroying.

Despite its mild-weather origins, California Poppy seeds will grow quite well in cold climates, but only as an annual. Poppies can be used in beds, borders, and in naturalized settings, but generally they do not do well in containers. The foliage is attractive, finely divided and lacy with a bluish-green color. The Poppy flowers close at night or in cold, windy weather and open again the following morning, although they may remain closed in cloudy weather. The Poppy plants require full sun and good drainage to flourish, so they are particularly well-suited to rock gardens and dry, sandy soils. Because the plants develop a deep taproot they do not transplant well, and therefore the wildflower seed should be seeded directly in the garden where you want them to grow.

California Poppy Care: Deadhead spent flowers to prolong blooming and enhance the appearance of the plant. Removing spent flowers and seed pods will also reduce re-seeding. You may use a low nitrogen fertilizer like a 3-18-18 liquid fertilizer to promote good root growth without the additional foliage growth.

  • Approximate seeds per pound: 294,835
  • Season: Annual
  • USDA Zones: 3 - 9
  • Height: 12 - 16 inches
  • Bloom Season: Mid-summer
  • Bloom Color: Orange
  • Environment: Full sun
  • Soil Type: Prefers gritty, fast-draining conditions, pH 6.6 - 7.5
  • Deer Resistant: Yes

  • Temperature: 60 - 70F
  • Average Germ Time: 14 - 28 days
  • Light Required: Yes
  • Depth: 1/8 inch
  • Sowing Rate: 4 ounces per 1,000 square feet or 10 pounds per acre
  • Moisture: Keep seeds moist until germination
  • Plant Spacing: 12 inches

Flower Growing Info


Annual Flowers
Variety
Indoor Sowing Date
Days to Max Germination
Soil Temp F°
Planting Depth
Weeks to Transplant
Ageratum 
Alyssum 
Amaranthus 
Aster 
Bachelor Button 
Baby’s Breath 
Celosia 
Coleus 
Cosmos 
Daisies 
Geraniums 
Impatiens 
Marigolds 
Moon flower 
Morning Glory 
Nasturtium 
Pansy 
Petunia 
Salvia 
Sun flower 
Sweet Pea 
Vinca 
Zinnias
Dec-Mar 
Dec-Mar 
Dec-Mar 
Jan-Apr 
Feb-Mar 
Feb-Mar 
Jan-Apr 
Dec-Mar 
Jan-Apr 
Feb-Mar 
Nov-Feb 
Dec-Mar 
Jan-Apr 
Feb-Mar 
Feb-Mar 
Feb-Mar 
Nov-Feb 
Dec-Mar 
Dec-Mar 
Feb-Mar 
Feb-Mar 
Dec-Mar 
Jan-Apr


14 



10 
10 


4-10 
15 




16 
10 
15 


15 
7
75-78 
78-82 
68-70 
70-75 
68-70 
68-72 
70-80 
70-75 
68-72 
70-75 
70-75 
68-72 
70-80 
70-75 
70-75 
70-74 
55-65 
70-80 
75-78 
70-80 
70-75 
70-80 
68-72
1/8” 
1/6" 
1/2” 
1/8" 
1/4” 
1/4" 
1/8” 
1/4" 
1/4” 
1/4” 
1/2” 
1/8” 
1/8" 
1/4” 
1/4” 
1/2” 
1/8” 
top 
1/10” 
1” 
1” 
1/4" 
1/8”
8-10 
10-12 
7-9 

4-6 
6-8 

6-9 

5-6 
14-16 
10-12 
6-9 
6-8 
4-5 

6-10 
10 

N/A 
4-6 
12 
5-8

Perennial Flowers
 Variety  Planting Depth
 Indoor Sowing Date
 Outdoor Sowing Date
Soil Temp F° 
 Height" Spread"
 Soil Light 
Achillea 
Black Eyed Susan 
Blanket Flower 
Butter y Flower 
Candytuft 
Cone flower 
Coreopsis 
Dahlia 
Daisies 
Delpinium 
Dianthus 
Foxglove 
Geraniums 
Hosta 
Hollyhock 
Lupine 
Penstemon 
Phlox 
Poppy 
Primrose 
Rudbeckia 
Tansy 
Viola
1/8” 
1/4” 
1/8" 
1/8” 
1/8” 
1/4" 
1/8” 
1/8” 
1/8" 
1/8” 
1/8" 
1/8” 
1/8” 
1/2” 
1/8" 
1/8” 
Top 
1/8” 
3/8" 
1/8” 
1/4” 
1/4" 
1/8”
6-8 
N/A 

6-8 
6-8 
N/A 
N/A 
6-8 
N/A 

6-8 
N/A 
6-10 
6-10 
6-8 
N/A 
6-8 
6-8 
6-8 
N/A 
N/A 
N/A 
6-8
Early 
Anytime 
1-4 after 
1-4 after 
Early 
Early 
1-4 after 
Early 
Early 
1-4 after 
Early 
Early 
1-4 after 
Early 
Early 
2-4 after 
2-6 
Early 
Anytime 
Early 
Anytime 
Early 
Early
60 
60 
70 
70 
65 
70 
70 
65 
60 
60 
70 
65 
70 
70 
65 
70 
70 
60 
60 
60 
60 
65 
65
24-36” 
24-36” 
24-40” 
24-36” 
1-15” 
24-42” 
18-48” 
12-36" 
12-36” 
12-48” 
18-24” 
24-60" 
6-36” 
24-40" 
48-72” 
24-36” 
12-36" 
6-18” 
24-30” 
8-15” 
24-36” 
36-48” 
4-8”
18” 
18” 
14-16” 
18-20” 
8-10” 
12-18” 
6” 
16-24" 
8-20” 
18” 
10-12” 
24" 
6-20” 
24-40" 
18-24” 
12-14” 
18" 
8-10” 
8-18” 
12-18” 
12-24” 
6” 
6”
Average, well-drained 
Average 
Loose 
Sandy, well-drained 
Well-drained 
Well-drained 
Moist 
Rich, fertile 
Rich,well-drained 
Average 
Rich, well-drained 
Average 
Any soil 
Well-drained 
Rich, well-drained 
Average 
Loose soil 
Rich, loose 
Any soil 
Rich, moist 
Average 
Average 
Average
Full 
Full 
Full 
Partial 
Partial 
Full 
Full/Partial
Full 
Full 
Full/Partial
Full 
Full/Partial
Full/Partial
Partial 
Full/Partial
Full/Partial
Full 
Full 
Full/Partial
Full/Partial
Full 
Full/Partial
Partial

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