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Poppy - Iceland 'Colibri Dolce Vita Mix' F1
Poppy - Iceland 'Colibri Dolce Vita Mix' F1
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Poppy - Iceland 'Colibri Dolce Vita Mix' F1

Papaver nudicaule
This hybrid Iceland poppy from Italy has crinkled silk petals bursting from plump buds, soon expanding to spectacularly large flowers. A rare treasure featuring romantic pastel shades of peach, pink, and cream, it excels in fertile, very freely draining soil in the cool weather of early summer.
SKU #S1950
$6.00
Details
Approximate Seeds Per Packet
10
Lifecycle
Biennial
Perennial Hardiness Zone
3,
4,
5,
6,
7
Mature Size
1-2' h x 8-12" w
Sun
Full sun
Soil
Rich, well-drained
Season
Spring to summer
Color
Peach, cream and pink shades
Features
Great for containers
Great Cut Flower
Deer Resistant
Attracts Bees
SOWING INSTRUCTIONS
Depth:
Surface sow
Sprout Time:
7-14 days
Seed To Bloom:
14-16 weeks
Starting Indoors:
Sow in pots 10-12 weeks before the last frost in late January. Cover very lightly with vermiculite or sow on top of pots already sprinkled with a layer of fine vermiculite. Cover with a humidity dome, keeping at 65-70°F until germination, then at 50-60°F. After the starter pots are rooted, they can be grown cold, 45-50F, until set out in early spring. Be very gentle when transplanting, as poppies dislike being disturbed.
Starting Outdoors:
Direct sow by mixing seeds with clean sand and sprinkling on the surface of the bed in August for strong blooming plants the following spring.
WHEN TO SET OUTSIDE
In early spring, especially if grown cold
PLACEMENT & CULTIVATION
Iceland poppy is a perennial in its native land but has a biennial nature in our gardens. It blooms luxuriantly in spring from an August sowing into fertile, sharply drained soils outdoors. It is also often grown as an annual, sown indoors in pots in late January to flower the same year. Enchanting as bouquet flowers and effective in drifts in the cottage garden with spring bloomers in well-drained soils. Deadhead regularly for continuing bloom in cool summer areas. In areas with high heat and humidity, they are a spring delight only.
Final Spacing:
1'
Water Requirements:
Medium Water Use
Watering Details:
These plants prefer evenly moist soil, but can tolerate some drought. About an inch of water per week applied to the soil around the plants..
Soil pH:
Slightly acidic to neutral—if soil is acidic, add some lime before planting.
Fertilizer:
Mix in 2" inches of compost prior to planting and supplement with one application of organic all purpose or high potassium rose fertilizer.
Diseases & Pests:
If slugs and snails damage seedlings, sprinkle the surrounding soil with pelletized iron phosphate, crushed eggshells, or diatomaceous earth.
When to Cut for Bouquets:
Cut in the early morning when buds start to crack and show color. Hold stem tips in boiling water for about 20 seconds or sear the cut end of the stem with flame. Either method will allow for a beautiful but short-lived cutflower.