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Red Shirley Corn Poppy Seeds C83

Red Poppy Seeds
The red poppy, or Papaver rhoeas, is also commonly known as corn poppy, field poppy and Flanders poppy.
It is a flowering plant that originates from Europe but also grows wild throughout the U.S. The red poppy is a popular garden plant due to its bright red flowers that it produces in midsummer. It grows well in a wide range of climates; red poppies also make suitable houseplants.
SEED COVERAGE: 300 seeds per square foot.

Select a planting site in full sun to partial shade. Red poppy is hardy outside as a perennial to U.S. Department of Agriculture hardiness zone 5, which means it can tolerate temperatures down to minus 20 F.

Fill a planting pot or flower bed with loose soil. Red poppies can tolerate a range of soil types, so long as it is not heavy clay. Add powdered limestone if necessary to raise the soil pH above 7.0.

Sow red poppy seeds thinly over the planting site without covering the seeds with soil. Plant the seeds outside in the spring after the last frost or in the fall after the first frost. A fall planting produces red poppies that bloom very early in the spring.

Propagate red poppies by division in the spring. Remove the mature plant from the soil without damaging the roots. Cut the plant into sections with a sharp, clean knife, ensuring that the roots in each section have an equal number of growth buds. Plant the red poppy divisions in other locations
The red corn poppy, also known as the Flanders poppy, serves as a symbol of remembrance for fallen soldiers. This brilliant flower opens atop 2- to 3-foot stems creating a brilliant flash of red. When planted in masses, poppies produce a blanket of color that seems to float above the ground. When left to naturalize, red poppies self-seed easily and spread to new areas. An initial planting of poppies produces blooms for many years.


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