MIXED Peony Poppy Seeds - GIANT DOUBLE FLOWERS !
Peony Poppy (Papaver Paeoniflorum Double Mix) - You will want this double flowered mix for a delightful display in your summer garden! These large peony poppy flowers are 4 inches across and form on long, sturdy stems. Grown from peony seeds, they make your garden look great, and cut them often to enjoy beautiful arrangements for indoors! The sturdy plant has blue-green foliage that is intense and makes a complementary backdrop for the showy blooms. When the flowers are done blooming, oblong seed pods are formed, and they are highly prized as an everlasting, keeping their color and shape for
Sow peony seeds indoors in late winter. Use peat pots and starter mix. Sow the flower seeds on the surface and press the seeds into the soil. These particular type of seeds need light to germinate. Keep flower seeds moist until germination. Another option, and often preferred by many gardeners, is to direct sow the seeds outdoors. The flower seed can be sown in the late fall, late winter, or early spring. Prepare the soil by loosening the top several inches, spread the flower seeds and lightly rake. Firm the soil by walking lightly over the area. Thin the small seedlings to 15 - 18 inches apart. Peony plants perform best in areas where summers are cool or dry. They are not a good choice for humid regions.
- 1: the seeds can be directly planted in the garden. A peony seed needs at least on cycle of warm-cold-warm before it will germinate. You can expect a certain percentage of the seeds to germinate the following spring, but some seeds may take up to two years to emerge.
- 2: The seeds can be put into plastic bags with a little moist, but not wet, peat moss. The bag is sealed and then placed in a warm place. this moist warm environment will initiate the rootlet to form, but be aware, this can take upwards of three months. I use bags with a zip top, label them with the seed type and date, and then put them in a basket on top of the refrigerator.
- Check the bags periodically over the next months and when a white rootlet forms allow it to grow to about 2-4 inches long. Transfer the roots as they germinate to another plastic bag with moist peat moss and put them inside the refrigerator for another 3-4 months. During this time you can check them for the emergence of a leaf, I have had them do this within the three month period, these I remove and plant in a pot with the seed just at ground level. they can then go into the light and when the ground is warm enough plant them out.
- Seedling care:
- Plant the resultant seedlings out in a finely tilled spot that has lots of organic matter. Be careful that they do not dry out too much the first summer. Mulch the bed in the fall to prevent the soil heaving and lifting the tiny plants out of the soil. After about two years the plants can then be moved to a place that offers them space to grow and mature.