Poppy Seeds (inc Peony Poppies)
Quarter of a teaspoon of open pollinated seeds from our gardens for $4.00.
These are open pollinated seeds, which I prefer. It is a surprise each year as to what the flowers will be. I made certain to collect seeds from all over the garden to get a good mix.
Nothing makes a statement like the large fluffy heads of the Peony Poppy. They come in a range of colours from a white through to a range of pinks and reds, to a deep burgundy. Seeds of these fast growing plants with their blue/grey serrated foliage, are scattered during winter to give an outstanding display in late Spring. The seeds need light to germinate, so just give them a light press into the soil and water in. These plants will grow about 80cm high and are drought and frost tolerant. They are the perfect plant for a compact display. They will self sow if allowed.
Please note poppies do not like being transplanted so it is best to sow the seeds directly where you want them to grow. For warmer regions, place seeds in the fridge for 6 weeks before sowing.
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.