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Eschscholzia in pots query

AnniDAnniD Posts: 11,945
I have several different varieties of Californian poppy seeds and was wondering if l can treat them as half hardy annuals and start them off in seed trays then grow them on in pots before transplanting? I believe they are a bit like carrots, in that they don't like being transplanted, but there seems to be conflicting advice. l am loathe to direct sow due to cats . My best efforts to keep them off have failed miserably in the past. Any advice gratefully received  :)


  • owd potterowd potter Posts: 968
    Hiya Anni
    I grew from seed last year in traditional way. sowed in trays in April, pricked out, potted on and planted out in June.
    They seemed to manage well enough..
    Just another day at the plant...
  • AnniDAnniD Posts: 11,945
    Thanks @owd potter That is a lovely display. I'll sow them in the next few days  :)
  • pitter-patterpitter-patter Posts: 2,362
    I love all types of poppies. Apparently they don’t like being transplanted, but I’ve never had any problems with the ones I’ve grown in pots. I usually sow them directly in autumn for an earlier display, but sometimes I start them in pots. This year I have several varieties in modules waiting to be transplanted, some growing in borders from last year and a big mature clump that has overwintered in very good condition.

  • AnniDAnniD Posts: 11,945
    I feel like l have nothing to loose @pitter-patter , l'm looking forward to the Purple Gleam ones !  :)
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