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Far too beautiful to be termed a weed, the corn poppy is now a rare sight. Why not grow a patch and admire the dancing scarlet blooms in a light summer breeze.

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Sowing Time

Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec


Flowering Time

Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec


Plant Height

45cm (18in)


Sowing Outdoors

  • Rake soil to provide a firm, even surface
  • Sow seeds thinly in pre-watered soil, lightly covering them with a little more soil
  • Sowings made in a semi-circular lines create a natural ‘drift’ effect
  • Keep moist until seedlings appear and as required in dry spells


  • When large enough to handle, thin seedlings to allow their development and to prevent overcrowding

Special Note

  • Late summer and autumn sown seedlings may benefit from cloche or fleece protection when hard frosts threaten. Such Plants generally bloom earlier the following summer than sprig sown plants
  • Poppy seed harvested from the plants can be used to sprinkle over home baked loaves of bread

Growing Tips

  • Poppies have a delicate root system and do not transplant well
  • Sow direct or 5-6 seeds per module should you wish to transplant. Do not separate the module


For any questions or advice, please contact our technical advice line on 01480 443789 (Mon-Fri 10am-4pm) or email customerservice@westlandhorticulture.com

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