Poppy Growing Season
Poppies are beautiful flowers that come in a variety of colors. They can add a splash of color to any garden, and they're also relatively easy to grow. If you're thinking about growing poppies, there are a few things you need to know first.
While each variety of poppy may differ slightly in time to bloom and growing conditions, the following generally applies to all poppy varieties. Poppy seeds should be planted in the early spring, after the last frost has passed, and replanted until mid-summer. Poppies can be sown again in early fall so they’re able to establish roots and bloom the following year.
If you want to grow poppies year after year, it's best to plant them in an area that gets full sun. They're not very tolerant of shade, so they won't do well in areas that are mostly shady. They grow best in areas that get at least six hours of direct sunlight each day to properly bloom. Poppies also don't like too much moisture, so they shouldn't be planted in areas that are prone to flooding. Poppy seeds should be planted 1/16” deep and 6 to 12 inches apart in rows. Poppies do best in soil with a pH between 6.5 and 7.5.
On average, it takes between 60 and 70 days for poppies to reach maturity. Be sure to clip and cut back your poppies to enjoy multiple blooms throughout the season.