If you like poppies but want a low care version, you can’t go past the Californian Poppy (Eschscholzia californica). This annual provides vivid colour to your spring-summer garden with their bright oranges, reds, whites and yellows that just glow in the sun. Great for the easy care garden, cottage gardens or in pots for that burst of colour.


How to grow Californian Poppies in a garden

Starting from seed:

  1. Choose a position with full sun and well-drained soil.
  2. Enrich the soil with Yates Thrive Natural Blood & Bone with Seaweed.
  3. When planting into prepared garden bed, ensure seeds are well spaced – at least 20 to 30cm apart.
  4. Sow seeds directly into the soil where they are to grow. Sow in rows or in scattered clumps around the garden.
  5. Cover seeds with a 3mm layer of Yates Black Magic Seed Raising Mix. Lightly firm down and keep moist.
  6. Water in gently and keep soil moderately moist at all times.
  7. One seeds have germinated, mulch with an organic mulch such as bark chips, woodchip or pea straw to a depth of 5 - 8cm, keeping it away from the base of each plant.
  8. Feed with Yates Thrive Rose & Flower Granular Plant Food. TIP: for an added boost, apply Yates Thrive Roses & Flowers Liquid Plant Food.
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How to grow Californian Poppies in a pot

Starting from seed:

  1. Choose a pot at least 200mm wide with adequate drainage holes.
  2. Position pot in full sun.
  3. Fill the pot with a quality potting mix such as Yates Premium Potting Mix.
  4. Sow seeds directly into the pot where they are to grow. Cover with a 3mm layer of Yates Black Magic Seed Raising Mix. Lightly firm down and keep moist.
  5. Water in gently and keep mix moderately moist at all times.
  6. Feed with Yates Thrive Roses & Flowers Liquid Plant Food. TIP: for an added boost, apply Yates Thrive Natural Fish & Seaweed+ Plant Food Concentrate.

Yates varieties

California Poppy 'Gold Rush'

Beautiful silky, fluted flowers in a rich, buttery cream colour. Easy to grow and drought tolerant, they bloom all Summer.


Growing tips

  • Californian poppies dislike any root disturbances. Select the planting area carefully as they won’t transplant well after germination.

  • Unlike traditional poppies, Californian Poppies can tolerate sandier soils./

  • Avoid over-watering and poor-draining soil as overly moist conditions may cause the plant to rot.

  • Remove spent flowers to encourage further blooms and to prevent self seeding.
 

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Recommended products

Yates Black Magic Seed Raising Mix

Specially formulated for trouble-free seed raising in trays (or outdoor seed sowing direclty into the ground) and propagation of cuttings.