Common Name:Drama Queen
Latin Name:Papaver Somniferum
Type:Grown as an annual in temperate climates
Height:Usually 24" however, if planted in fall in deeply tilled compost amended soil it can grow to 6'
Sun Light:Full is best for strongest growth
Average Germination:7-14 days
Colors:Red as show in picture, pink and dark purple
Bloom time:Spring if planted in fall, early to mid summer if planted in early spring
Soil:Well drained amended with compost, better soil = better plants and flowers!
Sow:No more than 1/8" deep as the seeds are very small. Some growers simply work the soil drop the seeds on top and water. Watering is usually enough to stir up the soil and cover the seed. Keep soil moist and use a slug bait to prevent your seedlings from being eaten in one night
Fertilizer: A four month fertilizer added during fall planting may be too much or just right depending on your climate. Fertilizing starting in spring after frost will bring on more flowers
When to plant: Fall is the perfect time if you want large plants and flowers, early spring when you can work the soil will also result in nice plants and flowers
Coverage:1 oz covers 500 sq feet
Propagation:By seed, poppy's do not take to transplanting
Grown for centuries, the Papaver sominferum has a long history of medicinal use and spectacular flowers. Purple, red, white, Danebrog lace, drama queen, tazmanian, hens and chicks, Black peony, Danish flag, Frosted salmon, there are literally hundreds of poppy types the world over. Deeply tilled compost amended soils will produce spectacular results if, planted in fall. The Papaver is one species that can handle cold winter temperatures. Planting in fall will allow the poppy seed to grow a larger stronger root base over the winter. The results of this head start over spring planted seeds are about three feet in height!!! Plus huge blooms and pods. If you allow the pods to develop and dry, you can collect the seeds when you hear them rattle in the pods. Till or work your soil deeply again and scatter the seeds collected and you will have lots of plants year after year. Be sure to keep some seeds stored just in case something happens to your planting. A heirloom gardener never plants all their seeds of any single variety.