POPPY FLANDERS CLASSIC ANZAC DAY FLOWER LEST WE FORGET $1.60 $1.00

FLANDERS POPPIES ARE BEAUTIFUL AND THEY GIVE HOPE, SYMBOLIZING RENEWAL, THEY ARE AN ENDURING SYMBOL OF OUR THANKS FOR THOSE MEN AND WOMEN THAT GAVE THEIR LIVES TO PROTECT OURS.

Flanders Poppy. The red poppy we all associate with remembrance. It gives hope and symbolises renewal. Fluttering brightly, in the garden they attract butterflies and bees and flower profusely throughout their growing season. Poppies are one of the easiest flowers to grow.

THE STORY OF THE FLANDERS POPPY

The seeds of the Flanders poppy (Papaver rhoeas) had lay dormant on the front lines of France until 1915 when they were disturbed by the soldiers fighting in World War 1 and coincidentally, the weather was perfect conditions for them to germinate.

Every year for the next four, the poppies grew and their flowers lay like a red blanket across the fields on which the soldiers fought. They also flowered in Turkey when the ANZAC’s landed at Gallipoli.

The flowers of the Flanders poppy are now a poignant reminder of the fallen soldiers on both Remembrance Day (11 November) and on Anzac Day (25 April) in Australia. They are worn with pride, used in wreaths and paper flowers sold to raise funds for charities that support returned solders.

Pick the poppies as soon as you see the red of the petals showing, even whilst they are partly in bud, as this will ensure they last a long time in a tall vase and will encourage more flowers to grow.

Grow Notes
Prefers full sun in well-draining soil.

Sow
Sow direct or raise seedlings in late Summer, Autumn or Winter (if in warm climates) planting seeds at a depth of 3mm with 30cm plant spacing.

Keep soil moist, not wet.

Germination
14-21 days at 16-21°C

Maturity
140 days

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Seed Count: 100
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