Mission Bells (Eschscholzia)
Latin Name: Eschscholzia californica
Item #: 901
ESCHSCHOLZIA (California Poppy)
Approx. 14,000 seeds per oz. /28 Annual 12 - 18 in./31 - 46cm
CULTURE: Sow outside where they are to bloom, about May 1st , or as early as the soil can be prepared. California Poppies are also one of the most satisfactory annuals for Nov. or fall sowings. They like sunny locations, with lots of light and well drained soil. Spade beds and rake the soil lightly. Scatter the seed thinly, do not cover - water the seeds lightly into the surface, with a hose. Germinate @ 65-75°F/18-24°C soil temps. for 24 days. Attractive dwarf plants bloom throughout the late spring and late summer. Plants have lacy green foliage, blooms have a satin sheen, are cup shaped and close up each evening. A great cut flower. Poppies are cut in bud and placed in a large vase of ice cold water - flowers keep for several days! This species is also an ideal colorful companion for many types of wild flowers, in their natural settings. Plants re-seed themselves easily!