Papaver somniferum “Sawyers Mixture”
Peony Poppy, Breadseed Poppy
Packet containing 100mg
Average contents 250 seeds.
Bloom Time: Late spring to early summer
Height: 90-100cm (36-40”)
Spread: 25-38cm (10-15”)
Soil type: Well-drained/light
Position: Full Sun
Aspect: West or south facing. Sheltered.
This is a fantastic mixture of both the single and double form of Poppy. The flowers bloom in a breathtaking palate of rich colours, red, purple, and mauve.
pods are excellent for creating dried flower arrangements, and the
slate blue seeds taken from the pod can be used in both baking and
The plants grow to between 3 to 4 feet high, are easy from seed and the flowers are highly attractive to bees and other pollinating insects.
in deep, well-drained, fertile soil in full sun. Enrich soil with
manure, compost or bone meal ahead of planting, (or any organic
fertiliser rich in nitrogen). P. somniferums grow quickly; give
sufficient water to increase both the number of flowers and their
Although these poppies gobble up the nutrients, their eventual show will be more than worth the proper environment.
Sowing Instructions: Sow in pots in Autumn or directly in Spring
Autumn planting sow seeds in peat pellets or newspaper pots, poppies do
not transplant well at all because they have very sensitive root
systems. Seeds germinate in less than two weeks. Keep moist at all
times, transplant to larger pots as seedlings grow. Plant out in Spring
Otherwise, sow direct where they are to flower in spring (at around 20*C / 68*F) in short drills ½ in deep.
lightly with soil, mark the sowing areas with a ring of light coloured
sand and label if sowing more than one annual in the same bed.
The seedlings will appear in rows approx 6-8 weeks after planting and can be told from nearby weed seedlings quite easily.
Thin the seedlings out so they are finally 30cm (12in) apart by early summer. Be ruthless, just leave
the biggest and most healthy looking. By doing this, you'll get more
flowers and pods per plant that are bigger and stronger.
Poppies don't need to be watered too often, but when you do water, give it a nice soaking. This will promote strong root growth.
After about 6 to 8 weeks of vegetative growth, add a high Phosphorus fertilizer for the flowering stage.
most serious problem for these poppies is root rot. Excellent drainage
is a must. Snails find the young leaves very tasty, so a snail
deterrent is recommended. They can be prone to grey mold, but usually
this is only a cosmetic issue. Once they get established, P.
somniferums are very hardy.
will begin to bloom 10 to 12 weeks from the time you plant them. Their
pedals will drop after about 48 to 72 hours. The pods will continue to
grow for the next couple weeks. During this period, it's very important
not to water them unless absolutely necessary. Once pods turn a bluish
tint with a white film on top, they are ready for harvest
Cottage/Informal Garden, Flower Borders and Beds, Flower Arranging
The seeds of this plant can be used in cooking but if eaten raw, can cause mild stomach upset.
This listing is for a regular “gardeners” sized pack of this poppy, 80 mg is approx 200 seeds of this variety.
Also available are a half gram pack of 1,250 seeds and a 1 gram pack of 2,500 seeds.
larger packs give considerable savings and enough seeds to plant "en
masse" or save for next year. You may even consider sharing them with
your gardening friends!
There are many other varieties of poppy, both annual and perennial, and both single and peony types.
Many are listed both as regular pack sizes and as large packs.
They are all listed together under "Flower Collections" in the category "Poppies".