Poppy, Shirley, 'Pandora'
(Papaver rhoeas) You know a flower is something special when seeing them from across a field can make you gasp! Now imagine your delight at close range, and you’ve got these outstanding Shirley poppies. Stripey, ruffled, captivating and a summer long bloomer, Pandora is the carmine inspired big sister to Amazing Grey. A bit taller with larger flowers in deep velvety and dark pinkish reds often striped and speckled with grey and cream and sure to surprise and delight! Loved by Pollinators. 2-3’ tall/wide. Annual.
55-65 Days. MP
Packet: 300 seeds
Product Code: POP-PA-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 1.5-2' 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.
Prefers cooler nighttime temps.
Continue to cut and deadhead and the plants will be wildly floriferous!
Harvest at bud break, sear stem ends (10 seconds) and expect a 3-4 day vase life.