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Poppy (Great Scarlet)

Papaver bracteatum, Great Scarlet Poppy, Papaver orientale var. bracteatum

Hardy Perennial

Very imposing, sturdy plants with long, strong stems and large flower buds which break open to reveal huge 20cm (8in) flowers of startling red with black blotches. Plants require no support and ideally should be grown in groups at the back of the border. They look excellent when planted next to Red Hot Poker T&M Hybrids, T&M's Michaelmas Daisy Mixed and Rudbeckias. Flowers early summer. Height 122-152cm (4-5ft).

Ideal For:
cottage gardens, wildlife gardens, cut flower garden
Flowering Period:
May, June
Sowing Months:
March, April, May
Position:
full sun
    • 1 packet (100 poppy seeds)

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    • £2.99
Sow in spring at 15-20C (60-70F) on the surface of a good seed compost, and cover with a thin layer of vermiculite. Do not exclude light, sealing in a polythene bag after sowing is helpful. Germination usually takes 2-4 weeks.

When seedlings are large enough to handle, transplant carefully into 7.5cm (3in) pots and grow on cool and in good light. Gradually acclimatise to outdoor conditions and plant out 30cm (12in) apart.

They prefer full sun and a gritty free draining soil. Handle with care whilst pricking out and transplanting. Will self seed where happy.

Reviews
  1. Light or no light That is the question.

    By Matthew Child 14-03-2016

    My Seed Packet says SOWING DEPTH - Surface SOw and Exclude light. This article for ther same seed # says do not exclude light. My seeds have germinated in a dark warm room.... lets see if a little light will now make them less spindly

    Anne
    17-03-2016

    Thank you for your review. I am very sorry it would appear that there is a printing error on the packet. The information on our website is correct. At your earliest convenience please contact our Customer Care Department at ccare@thompson-morgan.com, one of our agents will be more than happy to look into this further for you.

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