Organic Cornfield Poppy

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55 days to bloom 12-18 inches tall Gently Self-Sowing Annual Papaver rhoeas

Pure joy! We adore these vivid crimson petals, so soft as the sway in the breeze and Friends, as you look closer, you’ll see a remarkable ocean of diversity in the sea of blooms: petal centers range from red to shimmering black to bright burgundy to cream. Each seedhead and accompanying may be lime, lemon yellow, ebony or plum. Some petal margins are even scalloped with cream! Each of us are unique and each seed is, as well; few seeds shine with the resplendent diversity and grace of Cornfield Poppy.

What’s in a name? These poppies are a common weed in the south of France, where they’ve been growing alongside grains (generically called ‘corn’ before maize ever made it to France) for millennia. Perhaps one day we’ll have more poppies than bindweed, lol! We have many dreams, it’s true!

Size Price Quantity# Availability
50 Seeds $4.45 In stock
100 Seeds $7.55 In stock
200 Seeds $14.25 In stock


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Organic Cornfield Poppy

Planting Method: Transplant Recommended

For Transplanting: Sow 2 seeds / cell or soil block 5-8 weeks before final frost. Thin to 1 & transplant once 3 true leaves have emerged, up to 1 month before final frost.

To Direct Sow:  Sow in Spring (as early as soil can be worked) or in Fall since poppies love to establish in cool soils. Sow 8 seeds/foot and thin to 2/foot once true leaves emerge.

Seed Depth: Barely cover    Days to Germination: 6-21 in soil 45-65ºF

Sun Needs: Full/Part

Spacing (after thinning/transplanting): 6-12 inches

Days to Bloom: 55     Height: 12-18 inches

Poppies thrive in gardens as well as raised beds and containers, even in partial sun and marginal soil. A gently re-seeding annual, poppies often have a perennial presence in your garden, though establishing poppies from seed is often challenging. Enjoy our Secrets to Establishing Poppies blog!

For cut flowers, here’s the trick: harvest them just as their bud is about to break and sear the stem with a lighter. The blossom will continue to open and intriguingly, since their access to water has been cut off, the petals will be about 80% as large and the colors will be that much more vivid and concentrated. Cut poppies don’t have the vase-life that zinnias or sunflowers do, but this technique helps them hold their petals many days longer. And like so many vegetables, herbs and flowers, the more you harvest the more your plants will produce!

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