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Growing California Poppy From Seeds

Updated: Feb 4

The quick and convenient guide to growing your very own California Poppy Seeds!


Growing California Poppy From Seed

The bright and beautiful California Poppy (Eschscholzia californica) is the state flower of California. California Poppy are a self-seeding colorful wildflower that bloom in rich shades of orange. The California poppy thrives in U.S. Department of Agriculture plant hardiness zones 5 through 10. The plant is commonly grown as an annual, but in the warmer climates of zones 8 through 10, it's a perennial. Sow the seeds directly outside in spring as soon as the soil is workable.


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Growing Your California Poppy From Seed In 3 Simple Steps


# 1 Sow your California Poppy seeds 1/16-inch deep into a well draining soil. Expect your California Poppy seeds to germinate in about two weeks as long as the soil warms to a temperature of 55 degrees Fahrenheit.


# 2 Thin the seedlings when they're 1-2 inches tall. Your California Poppies will want space so ensure about 10 inches between each plant.


#3 Water your California poppy plants only as needed, and during hot summer weather. Allow top 1/2 inch of soil to dry between waterings.


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