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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.

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FRUIT PUNCH Oriental Poppy

Fruit Punch Oriental poppies are stunning, large, semi-double poppies in many shades of red, purple, and deep pink. Plants grow to 36″ tall, bloom in May and June. Winter hardy to zone 3.

100 seeds - $2.99
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ROYAL WEDDING Oriental Poppy

Large, pure-white, silky flowers with coal black centers. Sturdy plants grow to 3′ tall, bloom in late spring and early summer. Royal Wedding Oriental poppy is winter hardy to zone 3.

200 seeds - $2.99
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PIZZICATO Oriental Poppy

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

100 seeds - $2.49
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BRILLIANT Oriental Poppy

Huge, 6″, black-centered, fiery-red blooms in May and June. Plants grow 2.5-3′ tall, are winter hardy to zone 3.

200 seeds - $1.99
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DWARF ALLEGRO Oriental Poppy

Brilliant-scarlet, 6″ poppies on compact, 20″ tall plants. Dwarf Allegro Oriental poppy is sure to be a top performer in your perennial garden. Blooms in late spring and early summer. Plants are winter hardy to zone 3.

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


Unusual, large, semi-double poppies in rich shades of red and scarlet. The 3′ tall plants flower in May and June. Semi-double Red Shades Oriental poppies are stunning when massed. Winter hardy to zone 3.

50 seeds - $1.99
Haremstraum Mix oriental poppy PR00710


Dazzling, formulated mix of new, large-flowered, Oriental poppy hybrids. Blooms in shades of salmon, orange, scarlet, white, pink, salmon, crimson, and mahogany. Plants grow to 3′ tall, flower in late spring and early summer, 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
Red 'Beauty of Livermere' poppy flowers PR00996


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

100 seeds - $2.49

How to Plant Oriental Poppy Seeds

Sow Oriental poppy seeds in 2″ pots or cell packs, press into soil, do not cover. Needs light to germinate. Kept at 65°F., germination is in 14-21 days. Can direct sow into prepared seed beds in rows. Thin seedlings to 12-18″ 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; they can thrive for decades.

For bouquets: Cut Oriental poppy stems in the morning as flower petals unfold, sear fresh cut 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. Foliage returns in fall, remains 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″ sections. Plant 1″ deep.

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