Surface sow and press in or light cover to 1/8".
Seed To Bloom:
Start in containers 4 weeks before last spring frost. Keep at 60-65°F.
Recommended. Direct sow in early spring or fall; late winter in mild winter areas (zones 8-10).
WHEN TO SET OUTSIDE
In springtime, at last frost date.
PLACEMENT & CULTIVATION
California poppy Purple Gleam is a beguiling wildflower with teardrop buds opening to silky lustrous cups, closing in the evening and when cloudy weather reigns. They self sow readily and often find just the right spot to grow—along dry garden edges, rock gardens and gravelly spots where little else grows. Best in areas where summer nights cool down, where they bloom long, elsewhere a spring to summer delight, especially when grown in large drifts. Deadhead.
About 1" per week is plenty—drought tolerant and will likely not need watering except during particularly dry spells. However, regular watering may encourage more blossoms.
Mix in a granular organic flower fertilizer with low nitrogen in poor soils.
Diseases & Pests:
No major pests or diseases.
When to Cut for Bouquets:
Not suitable for cut flowers.