, ,

Red Poppy Seeds (Flanders Poppy)


Plant Description:
Flanders Poppy, Red Poppy, Field Poppy
Papaver Rhoeas
Time to sow: Spring, Fall
Light conditions: Full Sun
Uses: Culinary, Ornamental, Medicinal

SKU: flanderspoppy Categories: , , Tag:

Red Poppy Seeds

The Flanders poppy, also known as the red poppy, is a beautiful and iconic wildflower native to Europe and Asia. It is an annual plant that typically grows to about 2-3 feet tall and blooms in the spring and early summer. The flowers are a brilliant shade of red with a distinctive black center.

The Flanders poppy is also sometimes known as the corn, field, or common poppy. It is a hardy plant that can grow in various soil types, although it prefers well-drained soils with plenty of sunlight. The plant produces tiny, dark-coloured seeds often used in cooking and baking, particularly in Europe.

The Flanders poppy has a rich history, mainly associated with World War I. The fields of Flanders in Belgium were the site of some of the deadliest battles in human history, and the Flanders poppy became a poignant symbol of the sacrifices made by soldiers who fought and died in those battles. In the poem “In Flanders Fields” by John McCrae, the poppies are described as blowing “between the crosses, row on row,” serving as a haunting reminder of the cost of war.

Today, this poppy is still widely used as a symbol of remembrance for those who lost their lives in war. Red poppy seeds are often sold as part of fundraising efforts for veterans’ organizations and other groups that support soldiers and their families. In addition to its symbolic significance, the Flanders poppy is a beautiful and hardy plant that can be grown in gardens and other outdoor spaces. Its bright red flowers and distinctive black center make it a stunning and iconic wildflower.

Growing Red Poppies: A Brief Guide

Red poppies (Papaver rhoeas) are beautiful, vibrant flowers that add elegance to any garden. These hardy plants are relatively easy to grow and maintain, making them an excellent choice for both beginner and experienced gardeners. Follow these simple steps to grow red poppies in your garden successfully:

  1. Choose the right location: Red poppies thrive in full sun and well-draining soil. Select a spot that receives at least 6 hours of sunlight daily, with a soil pH between 6.0 and 7.0.
  2. Prepare the soil: Loosen the soil to a depth of at least 6-8 inches (15-20 cm) and mix in some well-rotted compost or aged manure to improve drainage and add nutrients.
  3. Timing: Sow poppy seeds in early spring or fall, depending on your climate. In milder climates, autumn sowing yields blooms the following spring, while in colder areas, sow seeds in early spring for summer blooms.
  4. Sowing seeds: Scatter poppy seeds thinly over the prepared soil and gently rake them in, covering them with a thin layer of soil no more than 1/8 inch (3 mm) deep. Poppies germinate best in cooler temperatures, between 50-60°F (10-15°C).
  5. Watering: Keep the soil evenly moist but not soggy during germination, which usually takes 10-15 days. Once the seedlings are established, water them deeply and less frequently, allowing the soil to dry out between waterings.
  6. Thinning: Once seedlings have developed their first set of true leaves, thin them out to 6-8 inches (15-20 cm) apart to give each plant ample space to grow.
  7. Maintenance: Red poppies are relatively low-maintenance flowers. No need for fertilizer, but removing spent blooms will encourage more flowering. Be aware that poppies have a taproot, making them difficult to transplant once established.
  8. Harvesting: If you wish to collect seeds for next year’s planting, allow some of the flowers to develop seed pods. Once they turn brown and dry, harvest them and store the seeds in a cool, dry place.

By following these steps, you’ll be able to enjoy the beauty of red poppies in your garden while providing a valuable habitat for pollinators.

Weight N/A
Dimensions N/A
Seed Quantity

1,000 seeds, 3,000 seeds, 45,000 seeds


There are no reviews yet.

Be the first to review “Red Poppy Seeds (Flanders Poppy)”

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

red poppy seeds, flanders poppy, common poppy, corn poppyRed Poppy Seeds (Flanders Poppy)
$2.50$6.50Select options
Scroll to Top