California Orange Poppy (Eschscholzia) Wildflowers Seeds Attracts Bird, Butterflies and Bees Bin#250

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Although California Poppies are famous for illuminating entire hillsides on the West coast, their bright orange blooms can be planted and enjoyed almost anywhere. These deer resistant annuals flower from spring all the way into summer and will often re-bloom again in the fall. Native, easy to grow and tolerant of most soils. We're proud to sell only 100% pure, non-GMO and neonicotinoid-free seeds that are guaranteed to grow.

This Orange California Poppy is the stuff that makes awesome wildflower calendar photos. Lighting up vast expanses of the springtime California mountains, they are probably the all-time favorite wildflower of the West. They can also be successfully grown as an annual in the Eastern US.

Imagine what a sight it was for early explorers and settlers when they first laid eyes on the California hillsides massed with golden-orange flowers fluttering in the breeze. This drought-tolerant heirloom, the state flower of California, attracts pollinators and is an ideal plant for naturalized, wildflower areas. Reseeds readily.

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Easy To Grow Bee Friendly Deer Resistant Pest / Disease Resistant Native Low Maintenance Good Rockgarden Or Alpine Plant Great For Mass Plantings Perennial is warm regions. Annual in cold regions. Zones: 3-10 Soil Type:Sandy Soil, Loamy Soil Bloom Time: Spring to Fall Ideal Region: Northeast, Southeast, Midwest, West, Southwest, Pacific Northwest Common Name: California Poppy Botanical Name: Eschscholzia californica Count: ~250 Seeds

This famous flower, the state flower of California, (a very similar sub-species is called Mexican Gold Poppy) carpets whole coastal hillsides up and down the Pacific coast, creating one of the most famous natural wildflower displays in the world, usually in April. Viewing this spectacle from their ships, Spanish explorers thought the “golden display” meant that there was in fact, gold to be found in the flowery hills. California poppy performs well almost everywhere with its dusty dark green ferny foliage and brilliant golden orange cup shaped flowers. A blooming plant is somewhat frost-resistant, and often reblooms nicely in fall meadows. Flowers close in cloudy weather. The name “Eschscholzia” is after the Russian botanist, J. F. Eschscholtz, who visited the California coast in the early 1800’s.

Poppies have a special place in our hearts—California poppies have been the state flower since 1903! There are tons of varieties of poppies, but they all have similar growing requirements. Poppy plants are easy to direct seed or transplant.

Planting Poppy Seeds

Poppy seeds are small and should be sown close to the surface of the soil. Start seeds in a high-quality seed-starting mix if you are starting the seeds indoors in trays or starter pots. Sprinkle them on top of well-moistened soil and cover them with 1/8″ of finely sifted soil. Seeds will germinate in 10-14+ days. If you wish to direct sow, sow the seeds in well-worked soil that is finely raked and clear of debris. Cover with 1/8″ of finely-sifted soil. Keep soil moist until the seedlings have emerged. Thin to a spacing of at least 12″ apart. Sow California poppy seeds in early spring, planting the seed 1/4" below the surface of the soil; keep the soil lightly moist until germination, which should occur in 2-3 weeks at a soil temperature of 60-65 degrees. In USDA Zones 7 and warmer, bulk poppy seeds can be fall planted. Poppies do not transplant well, and must be planted while very small if started indoors.

Growing Poppy Poppies require little care. In warm climates, mulch can help keep the soil cool and moist. Poppies easily self-sow for beautiful blooms the following year. Water seedlings occasionally, but decrease watering as the plants mature; poppies tolerate drought well and will only need watering in periods of extreme dryness. This plant tolerates most soils that drain well, as well as adapting to seaside conditions. This plant does not need rich soil, and actually blooms best in poor soil. Pinch off faded blossoms for the most prolific blooming. 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.

Growing Poppy in Containers

Poppies may be grown in containers. Make sure your container is at least 10″ deep. Overcrowding will cause the plant to be unhappy and provide fewer blooms. The larger the container, the more blooms you will get. Keep in mind containers will dry out faster because they have more surface area and less soil to hold onto moisture. Harvesting Poppy Flowers

Poppies are beautiful as cut flowers; however, their blooms fade quickly. Harvest flowers early in the morning and immediately place them in a vase of room temperature water for the longest-lasting blooms. Southern California Pro-tips

DO NOT overhead water as this promotes disease. Mulch heavily to retain soil moisture and keep the soil cool. Deadhead spent blooms to encourage more flowers. Companion Flowers/Crops

Poppies grow well with other brightly colored cool-season flowers. They enjoy similar growing conditions as nasturtium and alyssum.

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 bulk California 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 color begins to turn and the seed inside has ripened to grayish 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.

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