CREAM DOUBLE PEONY POPPY
Syn. P. somniferum cv. paeoniflorum
Fluffy full double cream pom-poms, all ruffled and frilled, make Papaver paeoniflorum Cream Double a flouncy princess amongst poppies.
Not permitted for Tasmania
Sumptuous blooms like a flouncy peony
Papaver paeoniflorum Cream Double blooms are jam packed with petals, and large – like saucers full of ice cream.
Very reliable each year
Papaver paeoniflorum are very reliable self-seeding annuals.
So once you have some starter plants in the garden – you can look forward to more of the blowsy beauties as a treat each spring and early summer, with no further help from you.
Wonderfully rewarding for no work
They are wonderfully glamorous and rewarding, with no work at all.
So the only thing left to do is to pull out the spent flower stalks after the blooming season.
If you would like more gorgeous Cream Double Peony Poppies for next year, just leave a few fat seed pods to dry on the stalks, and they will split and happily scatter their progeny for next season.
Or you can cut some seed pods as they split open, pop them into a brown paper bag to drop their seeds, and then scatter the seed in new places. Or share with friends.
Some low tech gardeners even just pull out the spent stalks with pods, and lay the dried stalks on the ground as a mulch, and to drop seed wherever they want Peony Poppies for next year.
Super cut flowers
And both the fresh flowers and the dried seed pods make super cut flowers for a florist’s vase.
So plant Papaver paeoniflorum Cream Double in Full Sun.
Where you will find it to be both water-wise and very low maintenance.
Papaver paeoniflorum in it’s many variations are native to areas around Turkey and the eastern Mediterranean, so they are well adapted to places with hot and dry summers, and happy to return each year.
Plus they are not fussy about soil types, favouring anything from sandy, gravel, rocky to good garden loam and enriched clay based soils.
So they are very easily pleased.
Obligingly Quick & Easy from seed
Papaver paeoniflorum give instant gratification because they are so quick & easy to grow from seed.
So they are perfect candidates for simply scattering seeds in the garden where you want them to grow.
But if you are starting the seeds indoors, for early flowers and highest potential rate of germination – then make sure you sow the seed in deeper pots, rather than shallow punnets.
Because Papaver tend to grow long roots quickly and resent being disturbed. So sow your seeds as a bare scatter into deep pots, and then plant the seedlings out in the garden by the pot full (don’t worry they germinate in lush abundance).
80cm High x 20cm Wide.
SEED SOWING ADVICE: QUICK & EASY
Suits beginners & gardening with kids
Sow Papaver laciniatum ‘Pink Fizz’ seeds at any time in punnets indoors / or sow directly in the garden in autumn or spring.
Sow indoors for quick plants & early flowers: First sow the Feather Poppy seeds thinly onto the surface of good quality seed raising mix.
Tip for sowing Poppy seeds easily: Poppy seeds are very fine. So pop a pinch or two of fine sieved seed raising mix into the seed bag first, shake well, and then sow the entire contents of the bag.
This will ensure you can sow the seeds thinly and more evenly for better germination.
Then press the seeds gently into surface of the mix, but do not cover with mix.
Because Papaver laciniatum ‘Lilac Pom Pom’ seeds need light to germinate.
Now thoroughly moisten the sown punnet by standing it in a shallow water bath and allowing the moisture to percolate up to the surface of the mix from below.
Place the moist, sown punnet in a warm, well-lit position (not in any direct sunlight).
Temperatures of 18-22°C are optimum for rapid germination.
Continue to keep consistently moist by misting from a spray water-bottle.
Covering the pots with a clear lid or plastic bag can also help to maintain consistent moisture and reduce watering.
(Remove cover as soon as germination commences).
Seeds germinates in 7-21 days approx.
Seed Count: 250 seeds per pack approx.
(We always aim to exceed the stated seed count, and give a generous serve).
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