Kew Pollination Collection Wild Poppy
The wild Poppy, Papaver rhoeas is one of our most iconic wildflowers, an enduring symbol of remembrance of the First World War.
Every summer these silken red blooms create splashes of colour among cornfields and meadow grasses across the UK. Wild poppies are extremely easy to grow in the garden, lending a romantic charm to planting schemes. Leave the faded flower heads to set seed and you can enjoy drifts of poppies in the following year. Perfect for sprinkling among wispy grasses or threading through gravel gardens and rockeries.
- Sow March to May and September to October
- Height: 60cm. Spread: 30cm
- 1 packet contains approximately 2000 seeds
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Direct sow poppy seeds outdoors where they are to grow in spring or autumn. Choose a position in full sun on fertile, well-drained soil that has been raked to a fine tilth. Sow seeds thinly, just below the soil surface. Water the ground regularly, especially during dry periods. Germination usually takes 7 - 14 days. When poppy seedlings are large enough to handle, thin them out to 30cm apart otherwise they'll grow tall and leggy.
Feed and water poppy plants frequently throughout the summer. Annual poppies can be left to set seed and die back naturally, before discarding the plants on the compost heap. The fallen seed will germinate the following year to provide a new display.
A great many of our favourite garden plants can be harmful if eaten or handled without gloves. This is rarely a cause for concern but it's always good to know what you are dealing with.
All poppies are poisonous and handling them may cause skin irritation. Wearing gloves is a wise precaution.