Canada Mix Poppy Seeds

Canada Mix

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  • Bright red and white flowers
  • Hardy annual
  • Hardy to Zone 3
  • Self sowing
  • Height to 40-60cm (15-25″)
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Show your Canadian pride by planting Canada Mix poppy seeds for a flush of red and white cheer from June to September. This mix looks so nice in large plantings, and it will fill by self sowing over time. Papaver rhoeas is a hardy annual that thrives in Zones 3-9, in practically any garden soil. Sow the seeds in early spring, while there is still a risk of frost, and repeat twice at six week intervals. This will produce a much longer bloom time than from a single sowing. Otherwise, sow them in the fall, once nights are getting cold, and they will bloom the following summer. These poppies are very easy to grow, and they’ll reach a knee-high height of 40-60cm (15-25″).

In honour of Canada’s 150th year of confederation, we ask that you help to make this country an even better place. Fifty cents from the sale of any size of the Canada Mix poppy will be donated to Make-A-Wish®, to help enrich the lives of young Canadians faced with life-threatening medical conditions.

Hardy Annual

How to Grow Poppies

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Annual and perennial flowering plants that have striking similarities, but a surprising range of colours and growth habits. It is easy to grow poppies from seeds. You will find they grow and then self-sow with abandon, without becoming weedy. Simply pull up unwanted plants (an easy task) before they bloom, s or better yet, let them tell you where they want to grow. They will thrive for years at a time in surprising spots, like a crack in the driveway.

Latin
Papaver nudicaule (perennial), P. rhoeas & P. somniferum (both annual)
Family: Papaveraceae

Difficulty
Easy

Season & Zone
Exposure: Full sun to partial shade
Zone: 1-10

Timing
Start perennial poppies outdoors in early spring, when some chance of frost is still a possibility. Start annual varieties outdoors at the same time in Zones 3-7. If you live in Zones 8-10, your best bet is to direct sow in the fall.

Poppies are famously difficult to transplant, so starting them indoors is not recommended. If you have to start them indoors, use peat or coir pots, and maintain a soil temperature of 12°C (55°F). Seeds will sprout in 20-30 days.

Starting
Sow on the surface of the soil, or barely cover seeds. Thin to a minimum of 15cm (6″) apart.

Growing
Poppies are easy to grow and the self-sow with abandon, without becoming weedy. Simply pull up unwanted plants (an easy task) before they bloom, or better yet, let them tell you where they want to grow. They will thrive for years at a time in surprising spots, like a crack in the driveway. Other times, they simply won’t take, no matter how much you try. Keep them moderately well watered in hot, dry weather, and do not fertilize.

For the largest heads on Papaver somniferum, sow seeds in the fall or early winter. Thin plants to allow them some space, and keep the area weeded as plants grow larger. Grow this variety in full sun in well-drained, but ordinary garden soil. If spring and summer are cool and damp, or plants are overcroweded, expect smaller seed heads.

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