Purple Poppy Seed
Dianna's Famous Purple Poppies!
Visitors to the farm are quite taken with our stand of deep purple Poppies. Several years ago, Dianna planted a double-flowered "black" (Papaver paeoniflorum) that refused to stand up to our wind and rain, but the resulting seedlings... Wow! Some customers have reported that our strain is similar to 'Lauren's Grape' Papaver somniferum, but the plants and flowers are larger.
Silky-textured, deep purple, single flowers with a dark plum center on sturdy stems are the focal point of the front garden during the months of June and July. Seed is allowed to form and we collect enough to share with our customers and also to seed the bed for the following summer.
There are two options for receiving seed. Seed can be simply included with your order or if you are not ordering a hat or other items at this time, we charge $3 for postage and mailer (up to 9 packets). Be sure to use the pull down menu to choose how you would like your seed sent to you. NOTE: Shipping will not automatically show on your order confirmation - if we cannot add the seeds into another order on file for you, then we'll add the postage in when the card is charged.
Poppy Growing Instructions:
Prepare an area in a sunny location for your “nursery bed”, full, hot sun is not necessary, afternoon or morning sun works well also. Sift soil; removing any weeds, roots, large rocks and pieces of old mulch; “fluff” one shovel deep. Smooth the surface, water thoroughly and allow to slightly dry. Using your fingers or a leaf rake, lightly texture surface and scatter seeds, patting them down with your hand so they are firmly in contact with damp soil.
DO NOT COVER SEED; poppies require light for germination. Keep soil damp not flooded; planting in winter/early spring is easiest, as Mother Nature will do the watering for you. Planting in May can be risky unless you are able to keep an eye on the soil moisture level. Sowing in pots is not recommended, as potting soil dries much too quickly and a day or two of dryness can dehydrate the tiny seedlings.
When the bluish-green seedlings are 1/4 inch tall, gently move “clumps” to a sunny spot with a household soup spoon or trowel tip, do not try to separate out individual seedlings, their root structure is very delicate. Water gently, taproots will quickly grow deeply in soft soil, creating drought tolerant plants. Remove seed pods to prolong bloom throughout the summer or allow a few to fully develop to self-sow for next year. (Photo shows self-sown poppies in front of the pump house on our farm.)
This site was updated on Tuesday, March 30, 2013
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