POPPY PURPLE GLEAM EASY TO GROW, OPENS AND CLOSES IN THE SUN! $1.30

POPPY PURPLE GLEAM IS A SWEETLY SCENTED FLOWER WITH A TOUGH AS NAILS ATTITUDE, FULL SUN (YES, EVEN OUR SUN) AND DRY SANDY SOILS MEAN NOTHING TO THIS HARDY BEAUTY! SPRINKLE THEM ABOUT TO ADD COLOUR TO THE DRIEST SPOTS YOU HAVE! VIRTUALLY NO CARE NEEDED!

These poppies have a habit of opening and closing with the sun! The first member of the California poppy genus was identified in 1816 by German botanist Adelbert von Chamisso on an exploratory voyage to California and the Pacific Northwest.
Chamisso named this genus “Eschscholzia” after a fellow botanist, Johann Friedrich von Eschscholtz, who accompanied him on the journey. Nearly a dozen species of poppy grow wild in the western United States and this is just one of them.

These flowers prefer cool temperatures, usually blooming in spring and early summer and going dormant when the summer heat begins. Though an annual, it will reseed itself and return the following year. Poppies attract bees and butterflies.

Harvesting: For the longest lasting cut flowers, choose poppies that have just begun to open; cut them in the morning while the moisture is at its peak. Sear the cut ends of the flowers with boiling water or a match, and immediately plunge them into cold water. Place them in a vase with water at room temperature.

Seed Saving: When saving poppy seeds, keep in mind that the resulting flowers sometimes revert to the dominant orange or red blossoms. After the petals drop off, a capsule will form and turn from green to tan.

Since the capsules will eventually split and explosively release their seeds, cut them off as soon as the colour begins to turn and the seed inside has ripened to greyish black. Spread the capsules out to dry for several days, then split them to remove the seeds. Store the cleaned seeds in a cool, dry place.

Grow Notes
Prefers full sun in well-draining soil.

Sow
Sow direct in Autumn or early Spring, 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
70 days

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Seed Count: 30
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