I thought I would drop in to ask Californians how to grow California Poppies.
My temps are anywhere this time of year from 32 to 45 at night and 40 to 70 days. Is this an okay time to put Ca. Poppy seed in the garden?
I'm thinking I should have done this last fall.
Please share your experiences.
Ca. Poppy Advice
I've never sown California poppies in the spring, but I'm in California and fall is the time here. In fact I just purchased some different colors in CA poppies and have the same problem, sow now or wait for fall. I'm thinking I'll put in half of what I have and give it a go. In 6b I'd try it now and if they don't take, well, I'd contact my CA garden friend Domehomedee and ask for fresh seeds to try in fall. She has dozens of plants and they've started blooming already so there will be seeds a plenty!
Thank you very much for answering my question. I would be tickled to have some of your Ca. Poppy seed!
I'm hoping to find the seed locally, but I may have to order it. I haven't ordered it yet because I was waiting for an answer. I have never grown them, just admire them. I thought I would try them.
Since you are in 9a, I think mabe fall for your and spring for me.
Well, I dug through all my seeds and I won't have any CA poppy seeds until summer when they are ready to pick.
That's fine. I think my best bet would be to sow the seeds in the fall.
Yeah I've decided to wait until fall to sow the different colored ones I bought. They are blooming here in my garden and along the roadsides. I always think someone should toss out mass quantities of them along the country roads, you know Johnny Appleseed like. Sounds like a job for me and my grand-daughter.
You can order seeds from Wildflower Seed farm in TX. I'd sow them in fall and maybe try a few in Spring.
lisa, I wasn't sure whether they should be sowed in say, September or wait until maybe, February.
I found the catalog and it says if you live north of Oklahoma you can sow the seeds in the fall (Sept. 15 - Nov 15) or early spring (Feb. 15- April 15). Mix the really small seeds with potting soil and surface sow. So just toss them, where you want them.
Check out Swallowtail seeds for some cool mixes on the poppy seeds.
Good! I hunted and hunted for that dang catalog and it was right were it was supposed to be....go figure. I've had really good luck with their instructions, now I can grow Wildflowers bc I sow them at the right time.
I really enjoy poppies. My first Oriental Poppy: 'Prince of Orange' is blooming. So Pretty! It's bright orange with huge dark purple stamens.
Pics? My Flanders poppies were blooming and doing great this morning then a storm blew thru. 1 flower left but there are more buds. The rain has made everything grow great, including the weeds. Lol
Rain here also. Knocked my poppy bloom and my peony blooms, but the rain was welcome.