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How to Grow California poppy

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General

Hardy, but short-lived perennial. Usually grown as an annual.

 

Latin

Eschscholzia californica
Family: Papaveraceae

 

Difficulty

Easy

 

Season & Zone

Exposure: Full sun
Zone: 1-10, winter hardy in 8-10

 

Timing

Direct sow outdoors in spring after last frost - mid-March on the coast, or direct sow in autumn. It can be started indoors, but does not like being transplanted.

 

Starting

Sow seeds 5mm (¼") deep, spaced 20-25cm (8-10") apart. Seeds should sprout in 14-21 days.

 

Growing

Grow in any average, well-drained soil. Deadhead regularly to prevent self sowing. Very likely to self sow.

 

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