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Also known as: Corn Poppy, Corn Rose, Field Poppy, Flanders Poppy and Red Poppy
Why Choose Grown To Be Wilds Poppies?
- Easy to grow!
- A much-loved annual wildflower, which has also become a symbol of remembrance.
- It looks spectacular when colonising cornfields or giant swathes of newly ploughed pastures and the vibrant red flowers are loved by bees.
The establishment of wildflower mixes is not always immediate. Full establishment can sometimes take up to two or three years depending on the compilation of the mixture, site conditions, soil type, and husbandry input. Maintenance and management also have a major impact on how well and how quickly they establish.
Poppies prefer to be grown in well-drained soil, in a sunny position. Dig over the ground and prepare a seedbed, adding well-rotted compost if necessary.
When To Sow
Poppies seeds are best planted outdoors between March and May, and also between August and September.
How To Grow
Step 1: Poppies can be sown straight into the ground where they are going to flower, so make sure you have prepared the seedbed properly by removing weeds, stones, and other debris.
Step 2: Rake the soil to ensure is a fine and crumbly consistency. You want to plant the seeds at a depth of 13mm and cover them with soil.
Step 3: Very gently, water the whole area using a watering can, taking care not to wash your seeds away.
Poppies don't require too much aftercare. While poppies can tolerate some drought, you'll get more flowers if you water regularly. Deadhead your poppies after flowering if you don't want them to reseed in the garden.