| 2300 Seeds|
This California poppy has bright orange petals backed with scarlet that contrast beautifully with the lush green ferny foliage. California Poppies come in many brillant colors, single or double or solid or designed. Gorgeous satiny petals, fine feathery foliage, bright color range, super easy to start and low care. As with all Eschscholzia they will look and perform best in a mass grouping. They can resead for decades when their modest needs -- a sunny spot and well-drained, moderately fertile, soil - have been satisfied. You should sow directly.These poppies have a habit of opening and closing with the sun, appropriate for their native Golden State. In USDA Zones 7 and warmer, this seed can be fall planted. Poppies do not transplant well, and must be planted while very small if started indoors. This plant tolerates most soils that drains well, as well as adapting to seaside conditions. When saving poppy seeds, keep in mind that the resulting flowers sometimes revert to the dominant orange or red blossoms. After the petals drop off the flower, the capsule will begin to turn from green to light brown. As soon as the capsule opens at the top and the seed inside ripens to a grayish black, cut off the heads and spread them out to dry for several days. Shake them to remove the seed. Store the seed in a cool, dry place. Height 12-18 inches. Spacing: 10-12 inches. USDA Zone: 3a-9b California poppy is perennial in USDA zones 7–11; in other zones it is treated as an annual.
2300 Seeds per package.
How To Grow Poppies from Seed
Direct Sow or Sow Indoors ? : Do not sow in warm to hot weather=Poor Germination or 0 Germination.
Poppies have very sensitive root systems and do not transplant well, so be sure to start them in a medium like a Jiffy plug, then you can trasnplant the complete plug with out disturbing the root. OR
Simply cast seeds directly on top of loose, moist soil. Press seeds lightly into soil, but do not cover them more than the thickness of the seed.
Be aware of all the creatures that will ruin your poppy growing experience. Birds, for one, like to eat poppy seeds. So you may need to put up a net above the seeds until they sprout.
Keep the soil moist for the first couple weeks until you see the sprouts come up. Then, cut back on the watering, only watering thoroughly every few days. This helps the new sprouts develop a strong root system by forcing them to search for water.
Be careful when watering not to wash away the seeds or any new sprouts. Water gently with a spray bottle, or use a drip system
Plants Poppies in groups in a sunny, well-drained position and match them with summer bloomers or annuals that spread out and will conceal their early dormancy.The best times to start growing poppies and plant seeds is either early fall, or in the first part of March. Planting in Fall will result in earlier blooms the following Spring, whereas planting in Spring will result in Summer blooms.
To be sure about pH, test the soil with a pH meter. Apply fertilizer and lime using the results of the soil test as a guide.
Soil pH is a measurement of the number of Hydrogen ions present in the soil solution along with as the acidity of the soil. When the soil pH is too acidic the nutrients that are present in the soil become locked-up or unavailable (low pH) or alkaline (high pH).
Correcting the pH has the same effect as applying fertilizer as it unlocks plant nutrients already present.
In the garden some garden plants thrive in acidic soils while others prefer an alkaline soil.
The acidity or alkalinity of soil is a measurement by pH (potential Hydrogen ions). pH is a way to measure the amount of lime (calcium) contained in your soil, and the type of soil that you have.
To Measure Soil pH.
It is recommended that you use a relatively inexpensive, and follow the manufacturers instructions when testing the pH Level of your Gardens soil.
To raise or lower the pH level in the soil either Limestone or Sulfur is utilized.
Other materials will accomplish the same results; however the two that are listed are the most commonly used.
Limestone is added to the soil to raise the pH level because limestone is essentially calcium and calcium reacts with water in the soil to yield hydroxyl ions .. a process known as, hydrolysis = thus the pH level in the soil is raised.
Sulfur reacts with bacteria in the soil and produces sulfuric acid, which releases hydrogen ions thus causing the soil to become more acidic =the pH level is lowered.
Application Of Lime (To Raise Soil pH)
To increase your pH by 1.0 point and make your soil more alkaline.
Add 4 ounces of hydrated lime per square yard in sandy soils
Add 8 ounces of hydrated lime per square yard in loamy soils
Add 12 ounces of hydrated lime per square yard in clay soils
Add 25 ounces of hydrated lime per square yard in peaty soils
The addition of ash, bone meal, or crushed oyster shells will also help to raise soil pH levels.
Application of Sulfur (To Lower Soil pH)
If your soil needs to be more acidic, sulfur will lower the pH if it is available.
To reduce the soil pH by 1.0 point
Mix in 1.2 oz of ground rock sulfur per square yard if the soil is sandy
Mix in 3.6 oz per square yard for all other soils.
Composted leaves, wood chips, sawdust, leaf mold and peat moss, will also help to lower the soil pH.
PPM=Parts Per Million
This unit of measure is relatively unique to the greenhouse industry and often there is some confusion on how ppm is calculated.
I. To calculate the ppm contained in 1 ounce of material first solve for B:
A x 75 = B
A = the % active ingredient (AI) in the fertilizer
B = ppm contained in 1 ounce of the material in 100 gallons of water
Example: Calcium nitrate contains 15% N (0.15 x 75 = 11.25). If 1 ounce of calcium nitrate is dissolved in 100 gallons of water the solution will contain a II. To calculate the number of ounces of material required to make up a desired ppm concentration solve for C:
C = Desired ppm conc. / B
B = ppm contained in 1 ounce of the material in 100 gallons of water (from above).
C = number of ounces of material to add to 100 gallons of water to achieve the desired concentration.
Example: To make up a 250 ppm solution of calcium nitrate first multiply the AI x 75 (.15 x 75 = 11.25). Next divide the desired concentration by 11.25 (250/11.25 = 22). To make up a 250 ppm solution of calcium nitrate you would add 22 ounces to 100 gallons of water.
aproximately 11.25 ppm N.