California Poppy - Key Growing Information

California poppy, with fern-like foliage and lively orange and yellow flowers, is easy-going and drought-tolerant.
DAYS TO GERMINATION: 14-21 days at 60-65°F (16-18°C).

SOWING: Direct seed (recommended): After last frost, sow in place covering seed with 1/4" of soil. Thin to stand 6" apart when first true leaves appear. Cool nights are required to flower freely.
Transplant: Sow 2-3 weeks before last frost directly into packs or pots. Lightly cover seeds with medium. Bottom water or mist. Harden off and transplant outside after the danger of frost has passed. Seedlings are difficult to transplant. Cool nights are required to flower freely.

LIGHT PREFERENCE: Sun.

SOIL REQUIREMENTS: Well-drained, sandy soil with low fertility.

PLANT HEIGHT: 12-15".

PLANT SPACING: 6".

HARDINESS ZONES: Annual.

USES: Beds, borders, and rock gardens. Commonly used as a wild flower.

SCIENTIFIC NAME: Eschscholzia californica