Poppy Breadseed

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  • Also known as Florist Poppies
  • Seeds produce incredibly showy, large single poppies
  • As annuals, these poppies are only grown from seed
  • 500 seeds per pack
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Poppy Breadseed
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Papaver somniferum, better known as the Breadseed poppy, is a great garden favourite among many green-fingered folk around the world. Papaver somniferum poppy plants are extremely easy to grow from tiny poppy seed, and as long as they’re planted in well draining soil and placed in a sunny spot, they’ll fill your garden borders with poppy flowers throughout the warmer months of the year. If you’re looking for a fantastic poppy that’s easy to care for and will flower without fail, then Breadseed Papaver are ideal.

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How to grow Papaver Poppies from Seed

Start perennial poppies outdoors in early spring, when some chance of frost is still a possibility. Start annual varieties outdoors at the same time in cooler areas. If you live in warmer regions, your best bet is to direct sow in the fall.

Poppies are famously difficult to transplant, so starting them indoors is not recommended. If you have to start them indoors, use peat or coir pots, and maintain a soil temperature of 12°C. Seeds will sprout in 7-14 days.

Sow on the surface of the soil, or barely cover seeds. Thin to a minimum of 15cm apart.

Poppies are easy to grow and the self-sow with abandon, without becoming weedy. Simply pull up unwanted plants (an easy task) before they bloom, or better yet, let them tell you where they want to grow. They will thrive for years at a time in surprising spots, like a crack in the driveway. Other times, they simply won’t take, no matter how much you try. Keep them moderately well watered in hot, dry weather, and do not fertilize.

For the largest heads on Papaver somniferum, sow seeds in the fall or early winter. Thin plants to allow them some space, and keep the area weeded as plants grow larger. Grow this variety in full sun in well-drained, but ordinary garden soil. If spring and summer are cool and damp, or plants are overcrowded, expect smaller seed heads.

Fast Facts

Article number:
Botanical Name:
Papaver somniferum
Common Name:
Breadseed poppy, Florist's Poppies
Days to germinate:
7-14 days
Days to maturity:
9-12 weeks
Flowering time:
June - September
Hardiness and Longevity:
Hardy Annual
Up to 90cm
Ideal For:
Perfect for borders and beds, cottage gardens or meadows. Excellent choice for naturalizing. Great in containers and makes good cut flowers too!
Full Sun, Shelter

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