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Poppy, California Watermelon Heaven

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Easy to grow, fast flowering, super colors.

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Mouth-watering color and silky crepe-paper petals make this poppy a scrumptious showpiece throughout summer. Splashy watermelon blooms are dotted with a delicious creamy white center, ideal for cooling sunny beds with small or large drifts. Easy to grow and fast to flower.
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Sun The amount of sunlight this product needs daily in order to perform well in the garden. Full sun means 6 hours of direct sun per day; partial sun means 2-4 hours of direct sun per day; shade means little or no direct sun.

Full Sun

Height The typical height of this product at maturity.

10-12 inches

Spread The width of the plant at maturity.

4-6 inches

Ornamental Use Ways in which the product may be used in the garden for ornamental effect.

Beds

Life Cycle This refers to whether a plant is an annual, biennial or perennial. Annuals complete their life cycles in one year; biennials produce foliage the first year and bloom and go to seed the second year; perennials can live for more than two years.

Annual

Sow Method This refers to whether the seed should be sown early indoors and the seedlings transplanted outside later, or if the seed should be sown directly in the garden at the recommended planting time.

Direct Sow/Indoor Sow

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  • Perennials

    Poppy

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    Start Indoors Start Indoors Starting seeds indoors is called Indoor Sow or Indirect Sow and these dates are when to sow seeds indoors in the spring or summer
    Transplant Transplant When to transplant bulbs or roots in the garden for spring
    Start Outdoors Start Outdoors Starting seeds outdoors is called Outdoor Sow or Direct Sow and these dates are when to sow seeds outdoors in the spring or summer
    Start Indoors Fall Start Indoors Fall Starting seeds indoors in the fall called Indoor Sow or Indirect Sow and these dates are when to sow seeds outdoors in the fall
    Transplant Fall Transplant Fall Transplant Fall-When to transplant bulbs or roots in the garden for fall
    Start Outdoors Fall Start Outdoors Fall Starting seeds outdoors in the fall is called Outdoor Sow or Direct Sow and these dates are when to sow seeds outdoors in the fall
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  • Annuals

    Poppy

    Poppy
    Start Indoors Start Indoors Starting seeds indoors is called Indoor Sow or Indirect Sow and these dates are when to sow seeds indoors in the spring or summer
    Transplant Transplant When to transplant bulbs or roots in the garden for spring
    Start Outdoors Start Outdoors Starting seeds outdoors is called Outdoor Sow or Direct Sow and these dates are when to sow seeds outdoors in the spring or summer
    Start Indoors Fall Start Indoors Fall Starting seeds indoors in the fall called Indoor Sow or Indirect Sow and these dates are when to sow seeds outdoors in the fall
    Transplant Fall Transplant Fall Transplant Fall-When to transplant bulbs or roots in the garden for fall
    Start Outdoors Fall Start Outdoors Fall Starting seeds outdoors in the fall is called Outdoor Sow or Direct Sow and these dates are when to sow seeds outdoors in the fall
    First Date: Mar-07 - Last Date: Mar-21
    First Date: May-02 - Last Date: May-16
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Annual poppies are grown from seed sown directly in the garden after heavy frost.

  • Direct sow seeds in average soil in full sun after all danger of heavy frost
  • Prepare the soil by removing weeds and working organic matter into the top 6-8 inches of soil; then level and smooth.
  • Most plants respond well to soils amended with organic matter. Compost is a wonderful form of organic matter with a good balance of nutrients and an ideal pH level, it can be added to your planting area at any time. If compost is not available, top dress the soil after planting with 1-2 inches of organic mulch, which will begin to breakdown into compost. After the growing season, a soil test will indicate what soil amendments are needed for the following season.
  • Sow seeds thinly and cover with ¼ inch of soil.
  • Firm soil lightly, water and keep evenly moist.
  • Seedlings will emerge in 10-14 days.
  • Thin to stand about 10 inches apart when 1 inch high.
  • Keep weeds under control during the growing season. Weeds compete with plants for water, space and nutrients, so control them by either cultivating often or use a mulch to prevent their seeds from germinating.
  • Mulches also help retain soil moisture and maintain even soil temperatures. For annuals an organic mulch of shredded leaves lends a natural look to the bed and will improve the soil as it breaks down in time. Always keep mulches off a plant’s stems to prevent possible rot.
  • Keep soil evenly moist but not wet.
  • No fertilizer is needed unless the soil is poor. Do not over fertilize.
  • Monitor for pests and diseases. Check with your local Cooperative Extension Service for pest controls recommended for your area.
  • Remove plants after they are killed by frost in fall to avoid disease issues the following year.
  • Enjoy the beautiful blooms of these easy annuals in beds and borders.
  • Poppies make wonderful cut flowers. Cut the flower when it is still in bud, and seal the cut end of the stem with a lighted match to prevent rapid water loss.
  • Poppies are also excellent flowers for naturalizing in a wildflower meadow.
  • Poppies are great for rock gardens.
  • Poppies tend to self-sow reliably; leave some spent flowers to develop seeds.
Sun
Full Sun
Height
10-12 inches
Spread
4-6 inches
Ornamental Use
Beds
Life Cycle
Annual
Sow Method
Direct Sow/Indoor Sow
Flowering
Yes
Bloom Duration
8 weeks
Flower color
Pink, White
Poppy, California Watermelon Heaven is rated 3.2 out of 5 by 5.
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Waiting I honestly don't know. Bought these for my niece and her hubby who bought a house in New Fairfield, CT which is named Ozland. What could be more appropriate? Will let you know!
Date published: 2017-07-15
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Pretty flowers, need lots of sunlight! I sowed seeds in sunny place (8+ hours) and partial sunny place (approx 6 hr), and the ones in the sunny place did well, although it took approx 2 mos to bloom. It was probably my fault as neighboring flowers were taller thus making shade. The ones in the 6 hr sunlight did sprout but didn't grow as of 2 mos past. So I learned they really need lots of sunlight. Flowers are lovely with a delicate pink color. I imagine next year I will have more poppies in my yard with self-seeding!
Date published: 2016-07-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from so far so good sown outdoors and they have sprouted...some seeds were duds but many have sprouted regardless...not sure how they will hold up once they get going.
Date published: 2016-03-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Indoor sow going just fine Bought a packet from the clearance lot Nov 2013, figured still a good deal if half came up. Happy to report: first batch of 24 cells sown indoors 2/14/14, ALL 48 seeds planted came up, and are doing well after being separated & moved up to 4" peat pots. I had kept the seeds in a ziploc in the veggie bin to keep them from drying out over winter - I think this is one of those plants which actually benefits from 'pre-chilling' the seed as well. I'll update this once I see how they take outside....
Date published: 2014-03-19
Rated 1 out of 5 by from wouldn't start i tried to start these seeds in february indoors to no avail. not one came up. very disappointed. i have grown california poppies in the past with good results.
Date published: 2010-07-16
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