Shirley Poppy (Papaver Rhoeas) Annual Wildflower Seed
Shirley Poppy (Papaver Rhoeas) - The Shirley Poppy comes from Shirley, England, where in the 1880s, a local vicar carefully selected and hybridized Poppies in his own wild flower garden. Over many years he obtained a strain of Poppies ranging in colors from white to pale lilac to pink and red, and unlike the wild Poppies these had no dark blotches at the base of the petals. Over the years, further wildflower Poppy selection has created the semi-double and double forms, as well as flowers with a ring of contrasting color around the edge called the picotee form. Easily grown from Shirley Poppy seeds, gardeners enthusiastically grow this variety for the wonderful display of diverse color and forms. Shirley Poppies are true harbingers of spring. Bloom is early when their bright, cheerful faces are most welcome - other annual plants are weeks away from flowering. Bloom season can be extended through summer when seed is sown successively. Sear fresh-cut stems with a match flame, to prepare Shirley poppies for your vase. Super-showy and easy to naturalize and grow, our gardens would not be complete without Shirley poppies. Plants reach 18 to 36 in. tall.
How to Grow Poppies: Directly sow Poppy seeds in early spring before frosts have finished. Shirley Poppies grow best in loose soil that drains well. Press the flower seeds firmly into the soil and keep the soil moist until germination.
1oz PK – 157,000+ Seeds
4 oz PK – 629,000+ Seeds
How to Plant SHIRLEY POPPY Seeds
Direct sow into prepared seed beds that have been cleared of weeds and have had the top 1 inch of soil loosened.
Rake seed in.
Press into soil by walking over the area.
Keep moist until germination.
Can start indoors in 2 inch containers.
Approximate seeds per pound: 3,401,942
USDA Zones: 3 - 9
Height: 12 - 15 inches
Bloom Season: Summer
Bloom Color: Mix
Environment: Full sun
Soil Type: Loose, well-drained, pH 6.1 - 7.3
Deer Resistant: Yes
Temperature: 55 - 60F
Average Germ Time: 21 - 28 days
Light Required: Yes
Depth: Do not cover the seed but press into the soil
Sowing Rate: 2/3 ounce per 1,000 square feet or 2 pounds per acre
Moisture: Keep seeds moist until germination
Plant Spacing: 12 inches