Beauty of Livermere is also known as the 'Great Scarlet poppy.' The 3-4 ft. tall plants produce enormous, mind-blowing, crimson-scarlet flowers in May and June. 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.
Growing Beauty of Livermere Oriental Poppy Seeds
Plant Oriental Poppy Seeds: Sow Oriental poppy seeds in 2 in. 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 in. apart.
Grow Oriental Poppy: 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 in. sections. Plant 1 in. deep.
Oriental Poppies attract bees, birds, butterflies, and hummingbirds. Plants are rabbit and deer resistant.
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