Papaver orientale (Oriental Poppy) - Coral
20 open pollinated seeds from our gardens for $4.00.
These perennial poppies are native to the Caucasus, north eastern Turkey, and northern Iran. Clump forming habit with hairy green leaves and tall flower stems producing huge flowers in a mixture of bright colours which may include shades of red, salmon, orange, pink and white with black centres. These plants grow to a height of 80cm and enjoy full sun to part shade. They thrive in well-drained soil with a pH 6.5 to 7.5.
Oriental poppies are closely related to the great scarlet poppy Papaver bracteatum.
Seeds are sown after the potential of frost has passed, when the average temperature is approximately 21°C. Lightly sprinkle seeds on the surface of the soil as light will assist with the germination. Germination takes approximately 10–20 days. Oriental Poppies do not handle transplanting or over-watering well. Mulch to protect the plant over the winter. Dead heading will increase the chances of a second flowering.
Due to their short vase life of around 3 days, poppies aren't noramally used for cut flowers. However, if you do want to use them harvest the flowers when they are almost half open. The ends of the stems then need to be seared in boiling water for 7 to 10 seconds. On the upside the seed heads can be used as a decorative fresh or dried filler or sprayed with paint for a more dramatic look.