POPPY ICELAND INCREDIBLE BIG FLOWERS IN A RAINBOW OF COLOURS! $1.30

THE BEST POPPY FOR COLDER WEATHER GROWING. YOU WILL GET ALL THE COLOURS OF THE RAINBOW AND A FEATHERY, LACY FOLIAGE THAT WILL MAKE YOUR HEART SMILE! SO EASY TO GROW! IF YOU PICK THEM OFTEN, THEY WILL FLOWER THROUGHOUT WINTER, RIGHT THROUGH SPRING AND INTO EARLY SUMMER!

If you want a host of orange, yellow, gold, pink, red and white dancing about your garden this winter and in spring and early summer, grab some Iceland poppy seeds now! It is impossible to see a bed of Iceland poppies in the chill of winter and not smile!

They’re the sort of flower you stop and stare at because you can’t believe that one thin-stemmed bloom could look quite so stunning! Iceland poppies (Papaver nudicaule) don’t really come from Iceland. I’m not sure how they got the name.

Maybe it was because they survive such cold climates, though they grow well in hot climates too, as long as they are grown in the cold months. In fact they come from Siberia, another place of extreme temperature variation, but they’ll bloom well in both hot and very cold climates if sown at the right times in a sunny aspect and kept moist!

If you plant poppies in early autumn they’ll flower at the beginning of winter and, if kept well fed and watered with the seed heads nipped off, will keep blooming until Christmas.

Basically, they flower longer in cool weather and each individual flower lasts longer and hot weather and lengthening days make them put most of their energy into forming seed heads, not new flowers.

There are a few tricks to getting the most stunning and long-lasting display of Iceland poppies. The first is to pick off the first flower buds (this can be a challenging exercise in self-discipline) so that the plants are strong and sturdy before they bear their first blooms. Just twist off the tiny bulges in the middle of the rosette with your fingers.

If you want your poppies to seed then spray with a water-soluble potassium fertiliser every two weeks. This keeps the blossoms coming for up to two months so that, in spite of dead flower heads remaining to give you seeds, the colourful blooms dominate.

SMALL SEEDS, DARK BLACK. MIXING WITH FINE SAND GRAINS WILL HELP YOU DISTRIBUTE YOUR SEEDS MORE EVENLY.

Grow Notes
Prefers full sun in well-draining soil.

Sow
Sow direct or raise seedlings in Early Autumn, late Winter or early Spring, planting seeds at a depth of 1mm with 30cm plant spacing.

Keep soil moist, not wet.

Germination
14-21 days at 15-20°C

Maturity
220+ days

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