Poppy (California) - Buttercream (Heirloom)- Eschscholtzia californica
Perennial/ Grown as Annual - This lovely and unusual California poppy has silky-soft, buttercream colored blossoms. Easy to grow, the abundant paper-thin blossoms nod in the wind and shine for weeks above mounded plants with feathery gray-green foliage. Like all California poppies, Buttercream is carefree and very forgiving of poor soil. Perfect for a neglected area or hard to cultivate slope, or simply grow them for a joyful garden display with a natural ambience.
Soil Temperature: above 50°F
Planting Depth: 1/4"
Germination: 7-14 Days
Height At Maturity: 12-15"
Sun/Shade: Full Sun
Spacing After Thinning: 6"
Approx Seeds per Pack: Approx. 1275 Seeds
Planting & Care
Soil & Water:Sow seeds directly into a finely textured, well-drained garden bed in full sun as early in spring as the ground can be worked. Keep soil moist as seedlings emerge. When mature, poppy plants can handle dry conditions, but they will always bloom longer if regularly watered.
Planting & Growing: Plant as early as possible in spring, as poppies can handle light frost and bloom best and longest when plants get a good start in cool weather. In mild winter climates, poppies can also be sown in late fall to overwinter for spring bloom. Except in very poor soil, these California poppies will grow and flower readily with no added fertilizer. Space seeds several inches apart, cover 1/4" deep and firm soil gently. Weed young seedlings carefully. If seedlings come up very thick, thin poppies early but delay final thinning until seedlings are well established in spring. Space seedlings 6" apart as plants need room to grow and bloom.At season's end, allow spent flowers to form pods and drop seed if you want poppies to self-sow for next year's spring flowers.