Poppy – Pandora
shades of red and burgundy streaked with silver & white
Papaver rhoeas ‘Pandora’ (Shirley Poppy)
Semi-double to double, bold deep red to rose-colored flowers with streaks of silver and white. Colors morph all season long. Bushy, long-blooming, growing between 18-24″ tall.
It is highly recommended to direct sow poppy seeds because they do not transplant well. Poppy seeds need cold stratification in order to germinate. You can do this by sowing seeds outdoors 4-6 weeks BEFORE your last average frost. Just sprinkle the seeds in the desired area and lightly rake in, making sure not to cover them too much. You can also walk over the area to press the seeds lightly into the soil. Thin them to 6-8″ apart once they sprout in the springtime.
Alternately, you can slightly dampen some clean peat moss, mix the seeds in, and store in a Ziploc bag for 14 days in your refrigerate. Do not add too much water to the peat moss. After 14 days, seeds can be sprinkled outdoors for planting in early spring.
Kept at 55° F, germination is in 10-15 days. Poppies thrive in well-drained, fertile soil.
Poppies prefer cool weather and will die off once the temperatures get high. They also self-sow profusely, so make sure to cut the seed heads off before they open and disperse the seeds.
Attracts Pollinators, Use for Cut Flowers, Deer Resistant, Rabbit Resistant, Drought Tolerant, Frost Tolerant
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