Poppy Seeds - Shirley Mix
(Papaver rhoeas) Self-Seeding Annual. 65 days.
Shirley Mix Poppy is a fantastic mix of red, rose, pink and white. Poppies are easy to grow and will bloom in Summer.
Growth Habit: Upright growth to 2 feet height, branching stems with feathery leaves and 3-4” flowers. Self seeding.
Sun Requirements: Full sun
Soil Preference: Average, moist, well-drained soil
When to Plant: Direct seed in Spring when soil can be worked
How to Plant: Direct sow seeds 1/4" deep. Keep the seedbed moist. Seeds should germinate in 21-28 days. Thin to 6” apart when true leaves appear.
When to Harvest: Harvest fresh flowers in early Summer and seed heads in late Summer.
How to Harvest: For fresh arrangements, harvest when buds are swollen and showing colour. Sear end of stems with a flame. Cut flowers last 2-4 days. Gather the dried seed heads in late summer for decorative dried flower arrangements. Harvest the seeds for culinary uses.
Uses: Poppy is a beautiful, though short-lived, cut flower. Seed heads are also beautiful in dried arrangements. Poppy seeds are edible, high in calcium and have many culinary uses.