Poppy Seeds

The poppy, a common name for papaver, will make a wonderful addition to any garden. A hugely varied family of flowers, their blooms can be big and blousy with some petals either ruffled, crimped or shaggy. Ranging in colour the largest oriental types can have heads that measure up to 15cm(6in). You can take your pick from the annual P. rhoeas and P. somniferum species, the dainty perennial Iceland types or the spectacular oriental poppies. Whichever you choose, you will be rewarded with beautiful and flamboyant blooms, which mix well with a wide range of other plants.

So diverse, poppies can look spectacular in beds, borders and pots, flowering from summer right through to the first frosts. They are also loved by pollinators and will attract beneficial insects to the garden.

How to Sow and Grow Poppies
Annual Poppies
Sow outdoors where they are to flower, 0.5cm(¼in) deep, directly into finely prepared soil which has already been watered. Seedlings usually appear in 14-28 days. Thin seedlings to 15cm(6in) apart. Water well until plants are established. For a continuous display, make sowings at two to three weekly intervals. Sowings made in curves rather than straight lines often create a more pleasing effect. Late summer and autumns sowings will flower the following year, often earlier than spring sowings. Poppies will grow in most soils but for best results they thrive in well-drained soil in full sun.

Perennial Poppies
Sow indoors for surest results or for first year flowering varieties that need an early start. Sow in trays of seed compost and cover lightly with fine compost. A temperature of 15-20°C(60-68°F) is ideal. Keep moist. Seedlings usually appear in 14-21 days. Transplant seedlings 5cm(2in) apart to other trays or small individual pots when large enough to handle. Before hardening off and planting out when large enough.

The poppy, a common name for papaver, will make a wonderful addition to any garden. A hugely varied family of flowers, their blooms can be big and blousy with some petals either ruffled, crimped or shaggy. Ranging in colour the largest oriental types can have heads that measure up to 15cm(6in). You can take your pick from the annual P. rhoeas and P. somniferum species, the dainty perennial Iceland types or the spectacular oriental poppies. Whichever you choose, you will be rewarded with beautiful and flamboyant blooms, which mix well with a wide range of other plants.

So diverse, poppies can look spectacular in beds, borders and pots, flowering from summer right through to the first frosts. They are also loved by pollinators and will attract beneficial insects to the garden.

How to Sow and Grow Poppies
Annual Poppies
Sow outdoors where they are to flower, 0.5cm(¼in) deep, directly into finely prepared soil which has already been watered. Seedlings usually appear in 14-28 days. Thin seedlings to 15cm(6in) apart. Water well until plants are established. For a continuous display, make sowings at two to three weekly intervals. Sowings made in curves rather than straight lines often create a more pleasing effect. Late summer and autumns sowings will flower the following year, often earlier than spring sowings. Poppies will grow in most soils but for best results they thrive in well-drained soil in full sun.

Perennial Poppies
Sow indoors for surest results or for first year flowering varieties that need an early start. Sow in trays of seed compost and cover lightly with fine compost. A temperature of 15-20°C(60-68°F) is ideal. Keep moist. Seedlings usually appear in 14-21 days. Transplant seedlings 5cm(2in) apart to other trays or small individual pots when large enough to handle. Before hardening off and planting out when large enough.

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Royal Hospital Chelsea Appeal
Average 250 seeds
£2.15
Item Code: 24518
Evocative & popular favourite
2000 Seeds
£2.40
Item Code: 13578
Nostalgic, with central cross
250 Seeds
£2.15
Item Code: 10032
Perfect for informal borders
1500 Seeds
£1.85
Item Code: 16387
Best poppy seed for baking!
1000 Seeds
£2.40
Item Code: 27321
Dramatic eye-catching flowers
1000 Seeds
£2.40
Item Code: 14916
Smooth & creamy, fun to grow
750 Seeds
£2.40
Item Code: 11965
Superb in cottage gardens
2000 Seeds
£2.40
Item Code: 14802
Perfect for cottage borders
500 Seeds
£2.40
Item Code: 13500
Easy to grow, striking flowers!
2000 Seeds
£2.40
Item Code: 27326
Something Rather Different!
750 Seeds
£1.85
Item Code: 35184
500 Seeds
£2.45
Item Code: 28389
Piercing blue flowers!
100 Seeds
£3.95
Item Code: 25777
A spectacle, year after year
100 Seeds
£2.29
Item Code: 13120
Sorry, now sold out.
Packed With Elegance!
1000 Seeds
£2.40
Item Code: 36644
Unique Blue-grey Blooms
500 Seeds
£2.45
Item Code: 33186