Papaver orientale 'Princess Victoria Louise’ / Oriental Poppy / Seeds

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Papaver orientale 'Princess Victoria Louise’ / Oriental Poppy / Seeds

A heritage variety of the perennial oriental poppy with giant salmon-red crepe-like flowers (with black centres) in mid June through July.  This poppy grows to about 80cm in height and is a good border plant, as well as an eye catching cut flower. The leaves die down in late summer and then start growing again in the autumn.


Oriental poppies prefer a sunny spot and well drained soil.


Pack of approx 100 seeds.  Sow in spring or autumn indoors for planting out in the spring or summer. Sowing instructions and a colour photo are printed on the packet.  Plants flower in the first year if sown early.

 

Caution: All parts of plant except the seed are poisonous.


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Hardiness Hardy perennial (RHS Hardiness H7)
Flowers June to July
Height 80cm
Spread 30cm
Conditions  Full sun and well drained soil
Sow

Sow in spring or autumn.   Sow on the surface of a tray of seed compost and keep at 15 – 18°C.  Cover with a plastic bag or propagator lid until germination and do not exclude light. Germination takes 2 to 3 weeks. Transplant the seedlings to pots when they are big enough to handle, and plant out after the last frost. Overwinter autumn sowings in a cold frame or greenhouse and plant out in the spring.

Grow

Plants grow a rosette of leaves first and then flower in late spring.  Remove spent flowers by cutting the flower stalks back to the rosette of leaves.  After plants have finished flowering, cut the plants back to just above ground level and a new rosette of leaves will grow and you may get a few more flowers. Plants can be divided in spring. Root cuttings can be taken in late autumn/early winter.