Organic Ziar’s Breadseed Poppy

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2' tall 50 days to harvest Papaver somniferum

HEIRLOOM Oh, this poppy! Originally from Slovakia, large pastel petals of lavender and coral float on 2-3’ stalks as huge seedheads fill of thousands of rich, delicious poppy seeds. As she flowers, bees love to swim in the small ocean of pollen-laden anthers inside each flower. 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. We were given this variety selected by Will Bonsall, director of the Scatterseed Project in Maine and have swooned every year since.

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50 Seeds $3.79 In stock
100 Seeds $6.50 In stock
200 Seeds $12 In stock

Organic Ziar’s Breadseed Poppy

2' tall 50 days to harvest Papaver somniferum

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HEIRLOOM Oh, this poppy! Originally from Slovakia, large pastel petals of lavender and coral float on 2-3’ stalks as huge seedheads fill of thousands of rich, delicious poppy seeds. As she flowers, bees love to swim in the small ocean of pollen-laden anthers inside each flower. 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. We were given this variety selected by Will Bonsall, director of the Scatterseed Project in Maine and have swooned every year since.

Poppies seedheads are gorgeous in bouquets as well as their blossoms, though they are far from easy cut flowers. Here 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!

At Fruition, we sow most organic poppy seeds in soil blocks indoors 2 months before final frost to transplant 1 month before final frost, since they love to establish in cool soils, including fall. For more tips and tutorials like this delivered straight to your inbox, sign up here!

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Organic Ziar’s Breadseed Poppy

Transplant (recommended): Sow indoors 5 weeks before final frost, sowing 2 seeds per cell barely covered with soil. Thin to 1 & transplant once 3 true leaves have emerged, around (could be before) last frost, 6-8” between plants.
Direct Sow: Early spring, sow 8 seeds/foot & thin to 2/foot once true leaves emerge.

Sowing Date: As soon as soil can be worked
Seed Depth: 1/4 inch
Days to Germination: 7-22
Days to Maturity: 50
Plant spacing after thinning: 6 inches
Height: 24-36 inches

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