Papaver rhoeas

Shirley Poppy


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Also known as Field poppy or Common poppy, there is nothing common about these poppies. Boasting the most beautiful colours, they flower for many weeks when harvesting regularly and they self-sow easily.


100 seeds per packet.

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Flower type:Disk
Life cycle:Hardy Annual
Climate:Plants thrive in cool winters, and can withstand frost.
Sowing guide:Direct sow in March to April. Alternatively sow in trays and transplant after 8 weeks (however, when transplanting, take extra care to not disturb their roots).
Planting Season:Autumn
Germination guide:5-10 days @ 15-18 C. Cover seed with a thin dusting of sand or vermiculite. Water the tray from the bottom, seeds will wash away if watering from above.
Good Bee Food:Yes
Flowering time:September to November.
Position:Full Sun
Final height:50-70 cm

Harvesting Tips:

Harvest at cracking bud stage. Stems must be seared or singed to prolong vase life. Flame or dip the bottom 5cm of the stems in boiling water. Then transfer to fresh water immediately. Regular harvesting is required to promote continuous flowering. Cut flowers last 2-4 days.

Whether you are growing flowers or vegetables or both, growing your own plants from seed, is one of the most rewarding things for any gardener and you don’t even need a green thumb to do it. With our guidance, it couldn’t be easier!