Eschscholzia californica ‘Apricot Chiffon’
APRICOT CHIFFON CALIFORNIAN POPPY
The blooms of Eschscholzia californica ‘Apricot Chiffon’ seem cut from the finest, pleated, silk chiffon.
Each petal is brushed with shades of apricot, peach, salmon and cream.
Pleated petals brushed with apricot, peach, salmon & cream
So it looks as if a watercolour painter has been gently at work.
With the crinkled, pleated silken petals arranged in double or semi-double rows.
While the petal colours are set off perfectly by ferny blue-green foliage.
So easy & pretty for a hot, dry garden
Eschscholzia thrive in heat and dry.
They are desert plants by nature, and so are well adapted to cope with heat, dry, wind and sand, as well as frost.
So they are very water-wise and drought resistant garden plants.
Groundcover for seaside or rocky places
Eschscholzia californica ‘Apricot Chiffon’ enjoys Full Sun, well drained soil, and copes with a wide range of soil types.
So it is perfectly happy in seaside gardens and able to thrive in either sandy or rocky soil.
And it can be happily left in any hot and dry place to self seed and form a lovely groundcover.
Long blooming with little effort
Eschscholzia produce their flowers for months, over spring, summer and autumn.
So they make a continual display without much effort from you.
It is also very quick and easy to raise from seed, and will be in bloom in a very short time after sowing.
Eschscholzia is a great plant for children to grow from seed as they get such a reward so quickly.
Eschscholzia is some-times classified as an annual, particularly in regions with cold winters. However it happily self seeds from year to year.
While it remains evergreen in warm winter climates.
Eschscholzia is non-invasive. Excess seedlings are easily transplanted when young, or weeded out if it sows children too enthusiastically.
Self-sowing annual 45cm High flowers x 45cm Wide clump of attractive ferny foliage.
SEED SOWING ADVICE: QUICK & EASY
Eschscholzia seeds are very quick and easy to germinate.
They can be scattered directly in the garden where they are to grow / or raised indoors in punnets for early plants and quick flowering.
INDOORS: Sow Eschscholzia seeds in good quality compost or seed raising mix at any time.
Then lightly cover with fine river sand or compost to their own depth.
Now soak the sown punnet in a shallow water bath, so the moisture percolates up from below through to the surface of the mix.
Then place in a warm, well lit place, or place on a heat mat, and cover with a plastic lid.
Temperatures of 15-20 degrees C are best for rapid and optimum germination.
Continue to mist from a water-spray bottle to keep moist at all times, but do not saturate.
Seeds germinate in 10 to 30 days approx.
Pot on seedlings to harden off and mature before finally planting out in the garden.
SEED COUNT: 70 seeds per pack approx.
(We always aim to exceed the seed count and give a generous serve)
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