California Poppy Seeds - Ballerina Mix
50-60 Days to maturity. Eschscholzia californica. Ballerina Mix California Poppy Seeds. Non-GMO, annual. Ballerina Mix California poppies are colorful and hardy. Perfect for mass plantings and low-maintenance gardens, these delightful blooms are sure to liven up any garden or yard. These wildflower-like blossoms can take the drought and lots of sun! One ounce covers about 625 square feet of bare soil. ~17,000 seeds/oz.
Growing Non-GMO Ballerina Mix California Poppy Flower Seeds
Cold stratification is required to initiate germination. Plant seeds out 2-4 weeks before the final frost date, or place them in the freezer for 2-4 weeks prior to planting. California poppies do not transplant well; sow them directly in the garden bed or field they will be growing in. Lightly cover the seeds and water. Poppies do very well in low water conditions but may require a bit of extra water to help them get established. However, be sure the soil and seedlings dry slightly between irrigations; California poppies do just as poorly in overly wet conditions as they do well in extremely dry weather.
Ballerina Mix poppies bloom all summer long and will die at the first frost of the fall. Expect them to reseed. If you don’t want them to, cut the flower heads after blooming and remove the entire plant before the seeds start to develop. In warmer zones, these can act as perennials. In this case, you may want to cut them back every other year, depending on your desired mass planting size.
Ballerina Mix California Poppy in the Flower Garden
Incorporate these into wildflower and cut flower gardens, or use them as a reseeding mass planting. They also do well as a bright border for driveways or walkways. California poppies will liven up any outdoor space with their charming blooms. They look adorable in containers and open fields. Of course, these are a must when curating an authentic garden full of California natives. Try companion planting with Salvia and Celosia!
Harvesting Ballerina Mix California Poppy
California poppies are sometimes used as cut flowers. Cut the flower stalk at the base with clean scissors or shears when the poppies are in bloom but still slightly firm. Quickly transfer to clean, cool water to enjoy for a few days! Because their papery blooms are fragile, it is best to harvest in the morning when the blooms are opening but still able to be handled without falling apart.
The gorgeous petals of the poppies are also edible! Pluck them when the flowers are blooming and use them as a garnish on cakes, salads, or other cold foods. You can even use the flower head in baked goods in place of calendula.
About Ballerina Mix California Poppy Garden Seeds
California poppies are safe for human consumption but can be toxic when ingested by animals like livestock or dogs. Call your veterinarian if you have questions or worry that your animal may have ingested some.
The California poppy has been an important part of California’s history since before its statehood. The indigenous peoples often used these flowers for cosmetics, medicines, and as part of their cuisine.
These delicate cup-shaped blooms are usually 3 inches wide and stand alone on a flower stalk.
California poppies are very hardy in hot, dry conditions. This makes them perfect for planting along streets and sidewalks. They can take it!
These are native to California but now grow as a wildflower in many areas across North America. In some regions, they grow so prolifically that they are considered a noxious weed. Check with your county extension before planting these if you think this may be the case for your area!
California Poppies are the state flower of California and are an important symbol of the state’s ecological life.
This variety is deer and rabbit resistant.
Stories From Our Gardeners
"The pleated look of the Ballerina Mix petals is simply to die for! They look like tons of little tule dressed dancing in the wind."
|- Lara Wadsworth, True Leaf Market Writer|
Ballerina Mix California Poppy Seeds Per Package:
500 mg - Wholesale - Approximately 300 Seeds
0.25 oz - Wholesale - Approximately 4,300 Seeds
1 oz - Wholesale - Approximately 17,000 Seeds
4 oz - Bulk Seeds - Approximately 69,000 Seeds
1 lb - Bulk Seeds - Approximately 276,500 Seeds
Non-GMO Ballerina Mix California Poppy seeds are available for Fast Free Shipping on orders over $75.
|Latin Name:||Eschscholzia californica|
|California Poppy Color:||Oranges, pinks, yellows, and whites.|
|Hardiness Zone:||Annual in zones 3-8; Perennial in zones 9-11|
|Days to Maturity:||50-60 days|
|Days to Germination:||7-14 days|
|Seeding Depth:||0.125 inches|
|Plant Spacing:||6-8 inches|
|Row Spacing:||6-8 inches|
|Plant Height:||10-12 inches|
|Growth Habit:||A clumping, erect habit with alternately branched fern-like foliage.|
|Soil Preference:||Rich, loamy soil with a pH of 6.5-7.0 is best. They will also grow in sandy or rocky soils; avoid heavy clays.|
|Temperature Preference:||50-75 degrees F|
|Light Preference:||Full Sun|
|Plant Width:||5-7 inches|
|Pests and Diseases:||Poppies tend to be susceptible to moisture-related diseases such as mildews and rots; aphids and thrips are the only main pests.|
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