Seeds - Poppy, Ladybird
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Description: Bright fire-engine-red blossoms with conspicuous black spots. Very easy to grow. A great reseeding annual!
Latin Name: Papaver commutatum
Alternative Names: Flander's Field Poppy
Main Uses: Ornamental
Zone Hardiness: Annual (Reseeding)
Exposure: Light to full sun
Height: 30 - 45 cm (12 - 18 inches)
Flower Color: Bright fire-engine-red blossoms with conspicuous black spots
Flowering Time: Early summer
Germination: 10 - 15 days at 16 -21ºC.
Outdoors: Direct-seeding is ideal, as poppy seedlings do not transplant well. Sow as soon as soil is warm and nights are frost-free. In zone 3, fall seeding is not a good option. In warmer climates seeds are often sown in fall for very-early spring flowering.
Planting depth: Surface.
Spacing: Scatter in a random pattern, planting approximately 3 seeds every 6 square inches.
Growing in Containers: Not well-suited for containers.
Growing in Mixed Planters: Not suited to mixed planters.
Fertilizing (Garden): Plant in average garden soil, amended with compost on an annual basis. No additional fertilizing required.
Watering (Garden): Water young plants regularly to establish, then water deeply as conditions require.
Special Requirements for Cold Climate Gardeners: Direct-seeding is preferable, as poppies do not like to have their roots disturbed. Sow in the early spring when the soil is still cool. Light frost is not an issue.
Suitability for Indoors: Not suited for indoors.