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How to plant Oriental Poppy seeds

Huge Perennial Poppies for cool winter climates. Oriental Poppies grow and flower best in zones 3-8, they prefer a good winter chill.

Haremstraum Mix oriental poppy PR00710


Dazzling formulated mix of new large-flowered hybrids with flowers in shades of salmon, orange, scarlet, white, pink, salmon, crimson and mahogany. Plants grow to 3 feet tall and are winter hardy to zone 3. Haremstraum Mix Oriental poppies grow beautifully with bronze fennel, Primadonna White echinacea, and Luna Series hibiscus.

200 seeds - $2.99
Fruit Punch oriental poppy. PR00020

FRUIT PUNCH Oriental Poppy

Stunning, large, semi-double poppies in many shades of red, purple and deep pink. Plants grow to 36 inches tall.

100 seeds - $2.99
Royal Wedding oriental poppy PR00998

ROYAL WEDDING Oriental Poppy

Pure white, large silky flowers with coal black centers. Sturdy plants grow to 3 feet tall. Royal Wedding Oriental poppy is winter hardy to zone 3.

200 seeds - $2.99
Pizzicato oriental poppy PR00995

PIZZICATO Oriental Poppy

Each amazing, semi-dwarf, 20 inch tall plant produces up to 20 huge, 6-8 inch poppies on strong, wind resistant stems. Blooms appear in shades of salmon, orange, red, scarlet, mauve, pink and white. Flower petals are decorated with contrasting black blotches at the base. Mass plant Pizzicato Oriental poppies in your garden for an absolutely stunning show each May and June.

100 seeds - $2.49
Red 'Beauty of Livermere' poppy flowers PR00996


Also known as the "Great Scarlet poppy." Enormous, mind-blowing, crimson-scarlet blooms in May and June. Plants grow 3-4 feet tall. Beauty of Livermere is the parent of some of the very best Oriental poppy hybrids and to our mind possesses beauty that has yet to be surpassed. New to Oriental poppies? We highly recommend you begin with Beauty of Livermere.

100 seeds - $2.49
Brilliant oriental poppy PR01000

BRILLIANT Oriental Poppy

Huge, 6 inch, black centered, fiery-red blooms. Plants grow 2.5 to 3 feet tall. Winter hardy to zone 3.

200 seeds - $1.99
Dwarf Allegro oriental poppy PR00706

DWARF ALLEGRO Oriental Poppy

Brilliant scarlet, 6-inch poppies on compact, 20 inch tall plants. A great performer for your perennial border. Winter hardy to zone 3.

200 seeds $1.99
Semi Double Red Shades Oriental Poppy flowers and buds New for 2016 PR16017


Unusual, large, semi-double poppies in rich shades of red and scarlet. Bloom is in May and June. The 3 foot tall plants are stunning when mass planted.

50 seeds - $1.99

How to Plant Oriental Poppy Seeds

Sow Oriental poppy seeds in 2 inch pots or cell packs, press into soil but do not cover. Need light to germinate. Kept at 65°F., germination is in 14-21 days. Can direct sow into prepared seed beds in rows. Thin to 12-18 inches apart.

Growing Oriental Poppies: Full sun. Oriental poppies prefer moderately fertile, well-drained soil. Provide regular water first season, less water in following years. Oriental poppies are long-lived in cold winter climates, where they can thrive for decades.

For bouquets: Cut Oriental poppy stems in morning as flower petals unfold, sear cut end with match. Flowers are followed by large ornamental pods filled with thousands of spicy, nutty-flavored, edible seeds.

Oriental Poppy plants go dormant after flowering. Leaves return in fall and remain through winter. Place next to sprawling plants such as Baby's Breath, they fill summer gaps. Divide Oriental poppy plants infrequently, every 4-5 years in mid- to late summer.

Propagate favorite plants: Lift, then cut roots into 3-4 inch sections. Plant 1 inch deep.

Oriental Poppies attract bees, birds, butterflies, and hummingbirds. Plants are rabbit and deer resistant.