Poppy, Shirley 'Mother of Pearl'
(Papaver rhoeas) AKA “Cedric Morris,” named after the late accomplished painter, plant breeder and gardening enthusiast. Like many of his sumptuous paintings, these beauties were selected by him for their muted, smokey tones, their distinction being their subtlety. Pearly whites, roses, smoky greys, lavenders, and speckled petals, many with picoteed edges, and the most incredible colors of pollen we have ever seen. Loved by pollinators and people alike. 2-2.5' tall.
60-70 days. UO
Packet: 300 seeds
Product Code: POP-MP-pkt
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Sow indoors 6-8 weeks before your last frost.
Transplant out early Spring.
Direct sow in late Fall or early Spring.
Note: We transplant all our poppies in the Spring because, such small seeds and such hungry slugs! Take care to keep plants from becoming root-bound and be gentle when transplanting. Poppies prefer cool soil. Slugs LOVE poppy plants so keep and eye out!
8-12" in rows 1.5' apart.
7-18 days @ soil temp 50-60F
Full sun to part shade
Low to average. Tolerant to most soil types but prefers well-drained and evenly moist soil with a pH between 6.0-7. Will tolerate low fertility and moisture.
While not absolutely necessary, you may provide a staking or netting to keep them upright and tidy.
Be gentle with the roots when transplanting to avoid transplant shock that can cause very slow growth.
Transplant into cool soil.
Continue to cut and deadhead and the plants will be wildly floriferous!
Harvest at bud break, sear stem bottoms, (10 seconds) and expect a short 3-4 day vase life.