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Planting golden poppy seeds: Instructions for pre-breeding and direct sowing outdoors

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If you want to plant gold poppies, you have two options. Either you prefer the poppy in spring and plant it later in the garden or you sow it later in the bed.

Gold poppy blooms wonderfully yellow

In contrast to the normal poppy, which blooms red, the gold poppy, also called California poppy (Eschscholzia californica), enchants us with beautiful yellow flowers. It grows to heights of up to thirty centimeters and blooms from spring to late summer. If you want to bring it into the garden, you can prefer it or sow it directly outdoors. Both variants are child's play and can be done quickly.

Pre-breeding gold poppy

❶ The right time for growing gold poppies indoors is from mid-February to mid-April. Use a standard growing substrate and lightly moisten it in a growing bowl.

❷ Now sow small groups of four to six seeds each and keep a little distance between the groups. Do not cover the seeds with substrate, because the golden poppy is one of the light germs.

❸ Then place the growing tray in a bright place. The temperature should be in the range of 15 ° C to 18 ° C. Now keep the substrate constantly moist without getting wet. The easiest way to achieve the desired result is with a spray bottle.

❹ You will see the first seedlings after a maximum of two weeks. Do not place the plantlets in a warmer place and avoid the direct sunlight from the midday sun. The young gold poppy shoots too high under these conditions. From the second half of May you can then plant the plants outdoors. The great advantage of pre-breeding: You can look forward to a splendid flowering in the first year.

Sowing gold poppy in the field

❶ If you don't want to take the trouble of pre-breeding, you can sow the seeds of the golden poppy directly into the bed from mid-May. First rake the floor thoroughly so that it is loose and crumbly. This will make it easier for the roots to penetrate the soil.

Anschließend Then moisten the bed with a sprinkler. Then sprinkle the seeds on the ground and lightly press them. With the back of a shovel, this is possible from the edge of the bed. As with pre-breeding, make sure that the seeds do not get under the ground and germinate in the light.

Gold The duration of germination of gold poppy in the field is slightly longer than in the case of pre-breeding and is just under three weeks. Keep the soil moderately moist during this time. You can significantly reduce watering later. Gold poppy copes very well with drought.

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