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What is the best way to plant California poppys


  • josusa47josusa47 Posts: 3,530
    Hallo, and welcome to the forum.  California poppies, aka Escholtzia, are annuals, half-hardy in the UK.  You can grow them from seed, but they need warmth and light to germinate.  Then you keep them indoors, in a greenhouse or on a sunny windowsill, until there is no likelihood of frost, then plant them in a sunny spot.

    A couple of years ago, I was given one tiny, scrawny plant in a pot, I planted it in a south-facing border and it performed its socks off.  They don't grow tall, but this one made a dense, bushy plant that covered about two square feet, and had hundreds of flowers all summer long.  I was hoping it would self-seed, but no such luck.  Last year I bought a packet of seed but didn't succeed, I have only a little plastic greenhouse.  I'm going to try them on the kitchen windowsill this year.
  • They grow fast, so you can wait until the weather is a bit warmer, probably April and then just scatter the seed where you want them to grow. They will still give you a ggod show all summer. :)
  • wild edgeswild edges Posts: 9,369
    And if you don't succeed there's always the Welsh poppy to fall back on ;)
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  • punkdocpunkdoc Posts: 13,716
    The nice thing is, once you have them, you have them forever, as they quite happily self sow.
    I bought a packet over 20 years ago and have never needed to buy more.
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