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Californian Poppy 'Red Chief'

Eschscholzia californica, California Poppy

Hardy Annual

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  • New in 2014
The best red we've seen in a Californian Poppy! We trialled Californian Poppy 'Red Chief' over several years to make sure the flowers maintained their vibrant and rich red colour. Outstanding in our trials, the intensely coloured blooms are produced all summer long above low-growing mounds of feathery blue-green foliage, and are attractive to bees and hoverflies. Performing well in all weathers, this Eschscholzia variety is easy to grow in beds, borders and containers, or let it self-seed throughout gravel gardens to form natural drifts. Height: 25cm (10"). Spread: 25cm (10").

Ideal For:
patio, cottage gardens, alpine & rockery, wildlife gardens, low maintenance garden, cut flower garden, coastal garden
Flowering Period:
June, July, August, September
Sowing Months:
March, April, May, August, September
Position:
full sun
    • 1 packet (400 seeds)

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    • Despatch: Within 3 days
    • £0.99

Direct sow eschscholzia seed outdoors where they are to grow from March to May or in September for overwintering. Autumn sowings will flower in late spring. Choose a position in full sun on any poor, well drained soil which has been raked to a fine tilth. Sow seeds thinly, at a depth of 1cm (1/2") in drills spaced 15cm (6") apart and cover seed with its own depth of soil to exclude light. Water the ground regularly, especially during dry periods. Germination usually takes 14-21 days. When seedlings are large enough to handle, thin them out to 15cm (6") apart.

Alternatively, sow California poppies indoors from February to March at a temperature of 15-21C (60-70F). When seedlings are large enough to handle, transplant and grow them on in cooler conditions until large enough to plant outdoors.

Gradually acclimatise eschscholzia plants to outdoor conditions when all risk of frost has passed before planting outdoors in any well drained soil in full sun. Water regularly until plants are fully established. Deadhead faded eschscholzia flowers to prevent them from self seeding.

Seeds and garden supplies will normally be delivered within the time period stated against each product as detailed above. Plants, bulbs, corms, tubers, shrubs, trees, potatoes etc are delivered at the appropriate time for planting and will be stated on the product page or in your order acknowledgement page and email.


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Reviews
  1. Californian Poppy 'Red Chief'

    By Rosemary Martin 07-12-2013

    I trialled these seeds in 2013; they are a stunning colour. Easily germinating in the ground where they are to flower, they are very strong plants. Easily the most dramatic colour of all the californian poppies. I will grow them again.

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