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Growing Shirley Poppy

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The Shirley poppy is easily grown from seed and available in a variety of colors. This is a guide about growing Shirley poppy.


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March 7, 2006
Botanical Name: Papaver rhoeas
Life Cycle: annual
Planting Time: spring or fall
Height: 1 1/2' to 2 1/2'
Exposure: full sun
Soil: moist, light, well-drained soils that are not too fertile
Hardiness: n/a
Bloom Time: late winter to early summer
Flower: yellow, pink, orange and red crinkled, paper-like flowers; single or double headed forms; fragrant
Foliage: green with fine hairs
Propagation: seeds
Suggested Use: beds, borders, mass plantings, cut flowers
Growing Hints: As poppies go, these are the easiest to grow. Broadcast the seeds outdoors in late fall (in cooler zones), or early spring (in warmer zones). Mix the tiny seeds with fine-grained sand for more even dispersal. The seeds need light to germinate so don't cover them with soil. Thin poppies so they are 8 to 12 inches apart.
Interesting Facts: To use Shirley Poppies for cut flowers, cut them just before flowers open, sear the stem bottoms with an open flame and place them in very warm water.
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