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60-75 Days to maturity. Eschscholzia californica. Mikado Red California Poppy Seeds. Non-GMO, annual. Mikado Red California poppy is a true sun worshipper. Its silk-like petals open to greet the morning sun and close at the end of the day. Poppies are very drought tolerant and do well in places with hot, dry summers. Try them as show-stopping mass plantings. They are also perfect for planting along the street. One ounce covers about 125 square feet of bare soil. ~21,625 seeds/oz.
Growing Non-GMO Mikado Red California Poppy Flower Seeds
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. Poppys do very well in low water conditions but may require a bit of extra water to help them get started. However, be sure the soil and seedlings dry out between irrigations; California poppies do just as poorly in overly wet conditions as they do well in extremely dry weather.
Mikado Red 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.
Mikado Red California Poppy in the Flower Garden
Incorporate these into wildflower and cut flower gardens, or use them as a reseeding mass planting. They even do well as a bright border for driveways or walkways. California poppies will liven up any outdoor space with their charming blooms. Of course, these are a must when curating an authentic garden full of California natives.
Harvesting Mikado Red California Poppy
California poppies are popularly used as cut flowers.. Cut the flower stalk at the base with clean scissors or sheers when the poppies are in or nearing full bloom. Quickly transfer to clean, cool water to enjoy for 1-2 weeks indoors!
The gorgeous petals of the poppies as also edible! Pluck them when the flowers are blooming and use as a garnish on cakes, salads, or other cold foods. You can even use the flower in baked goods in place of calendula.
About Mikado Red 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 used these flowers frequently for cosmetics, medicine, and cooking.
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.
Stories From Our Gardeners
"Poppies have always been in my top five favorite flowers since I was a little girl. Their delicate petals, fern-like foliage, and association with idyllic fields captivate me!"
- Lara Wadsworth, True Leaf Market Writer
Mikado Red California Poppy Seeds Per Package:
500 mg - Wholesale - Approximately 350 Seeds
1 oz - Wholesale - Approximately 21,625 Seeds
4 oz - Bulk Seeds - Approximately 86,500 Seeds
1 lb - Bulk Seeds - Approximately 346,000 Seeds
Non-GMO Mikado Red California Poppy seeds are available for Fast Free Shipping on orders over $45.
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