Hi. I actually want to ask a question about California poppies. I know they are not papavers, but I thought you guys could answer my question anyway. I did really well this spring with winter sowing annual poppies. I was wondering if CA poppies like the same cold temps as papavers. I'm guessing, given their name that they don't. So, the question is, when do I sow the seeds? I would prefer now. But I live in zone 4a with very freezing, long windy winters. If I wait until last frost to sow that will be next June. Any opinions? Also, I have areas that are inundated with underground gophers and voles. I know they love perennial poppies. Do they also like annual poppies and California poppies as well?
Boy, you are really straining the 'think tank' here. lol. I have scattered some california poppies in the fall and had some come up. Instructions for four kinds said to do this, and one said to wait til spring to scatter. I was amazed the following summer to find one that self seeded, but only one. June 1 is our day to plant outdoors if there are plants involved. If you are scattering seeds I would think they need a little cold snap, so I would think you could scatter them May 1st with no fear. I have winter sown them in jugs, let them come up on their own, then planted clumps around May 15th. Others here may have better information.
Hi Oberon. I see you're over here as well. Stretching the think tank, huh? Sorry about that. I can hardly believe that you, in Alaska, are in a warmer zone than I am. June 15 is the official last frost date for me. That's pretty late if one wants anything the same year. Winter sowing right on top of the snow worked well for regular poppies. I did that between April and May and still have poppies blooming now. Just not sure about the Calif. poppies.
ge, I bought my poppy seeds from OSPS but, because of my long winter, I don't think that the normal instructions always apply.
The original orange California poppies are hardier.
But they will take some light frost.
I think scattering the seeds in early May would be good.
I do that here in zone 3. Some years in April if weather allows.
I haven't scattered or WS in jugs my 'stash' of poppy seeds. Fixing the gallon jugs to be suitable for planting is a show stopper. but here it is December so times 'awastin' -- It will be spring before you know it. Or at least Feb (time to get the begonia tubers out), March (dahlias will be sprouting in their cellophane storage bags), April (some seeds not WS need to be planted, and also the gladiola corms), May (End thereof -- up and running with hardening up plants and enjoying the early sprouts that started up tis month outside.)
Yes, we do get a freeze. I will put the seeds in the freezer as suggested. I did winter sow seeds last year and they germinated fine. I wanted to put seeds out this year instead of winter sowing, this would be my first year doing this, so I wanted to do it right.
Seems like poppies are pretty rugged. I am no expert, as some here are, but poppies are hard to mess up. Just the 'cold snap' seems de rigeur for these guys. And not even all of them I think, but I would err on the side of caution. Spring comes but once a year. lol. Except it seems like you have a loooonnnngggg summer compared to us (June to Sept) And that includes spring and fall.
Thanks everyone for the great info. I'm going to put the seeds in the freezer now, and sow them in March here. It warmed put quickly this past year, starting in February with few frost dates after that.