Care Of California Poppies: How To Grow A California Poppy
The first thing to do when planting or propagating california poppy is to decide what kind of soil you want it planted in. You can choose between sandy loam, clay loam, sand, or potting mix.
Sand and clay soils are best for growing california poppies because they provide good drainage and hold water well. Clay loam soils are not very draining and will dry out quickly if watered too much. Sand soils tend to retain moisture better than other types of soil, but may become soggy from time to time due to their loose texture. Potting mixes have been used successfully with many kinds of plants including california poppy. They’re easy to work with and don’t require any special preparation before use.
When choosing a location to grow your new plant, there are several things to consider. First, you need to make sure that the area is free of weeds and debris.
Second, you’ll want to avoid areas where there’s already a lot of traffic such as driveways or sidewalks. Third, you’ll want to look at nearby hillsides so that the plant doesn’t get trampled during heavy rains. Finally, make sure that the area receives at least 6 hours of direct sunlight every day.
When planting california poppy seeds, instead of a potted plant, you should prepare the soil by mixing in some organic matter such as peat moss, leaves, or grass clippings then spading it to a depth of about 8 inches. This will ensure good drainage and give your plant a firm foundation to grow on.
Once your soil is ready, you can plant your california poppy seeds. For containers, clay or plastic pots work best.
They should be at least 6 inches in diameter and deep and have drainage holes in the bottom. Use a potting mix that is lightweight and drain well. Large containers can also be used but extra care must be given to keep the soil moist. On the first day, water the soil and place your container in a sunny location.
Sources & references used in this article:
Assessing the speed and predictability of local adaptation in invasive California poppies (Eschscholzia californica) by EA Leger, KJ Rice – Journal of Evolutionary Biology, 2007 – Wiley Online Library
Invasive California poppies (Eschscholzia californica Cham.) grow larger than native individuals under reduced competition by EA Leger, KJ Rice – Ecology letters, 2003 – Wiley Online Library
Factors affecting the success of California poppy (Eschscholzia californica) introduced into western Washington state by HE Kirkpatrick – 1998 – research.libraries.wsu.edu
More California-poppy in stubble field than in old field by RD Ratliff – 1972 – books.google.com
Increased resistance to generalist herbivores in invasive populations of the California poppy (Eschscholzia californica) by EA Leger, ML Forister – Diversity and Distributions, 2005 – Wiley Online Library