Poppy - Bridal Silk Shirley (Papaver rhoeas) Non GMO Organic - Flower
Poppy 'Bridal Silk Shirley,' with its Latin name Papaver rhoeas, is a delicate and enchanting annual flower known for its papery, silky petals and captivating coloration. This particular variety of Shirley Poppies features blossoms in soft, pastel shades of white, pink, and lavender, evoking an ethereal and bridal-like quality. The graceful, cup-shaped flowers make 'Bridal Silk Shirley' Poppies a favorite for gardeners and florists, whether used in garden beds, wildflower meadows, or cut flower arrangements. These annual poppies are not only a source of visual delight but also a haven for pollinators. Poppy 'Bridal Silk Shirley' with its silky, pastel-hued flowers, is a wonderful choice for adding a touch of elegance and charm to your garden or floral arrangements. By following these instructions, you can successfully grow these annual poppies and enjoy their delicate beauty throughout the growing season.
- Sunlight: Poppy 'Bridal Silk Shirley' thrives in full sun, requiring at least 6-8 hours of direct sunlight daily.
- Soil Preparation:
- Well-drained soil: Ensure the soil is well-draining, as Poppies are susceptible to root rot in waterlogged conditions. Amending the soil with organic matter can enhance its quality.
- Early spring: Plant Poppy 'Bridal Silk Shirley' in the early spring, as they prefer cool weather for germination and initial growth.
- Start with seeds: Sow Poppy 'Bridal Silk Shirley' seeds directly into the prepared soil. Scatter the seeds evenly and lightly press them into the soil, ensuring good soil-to-seed contact.
- Thin the seedlings: Once the seedlings emerge, thin them to maintain proper spacing, typically leaving 6-12 inches between plants.
- Moderate watering: Keep the soil consistently moist during the germination and early growth stages. After the plants establish themselves, they can tolerate some drought and require less frequent watering.
- Minimal fertilization: Poppies do not require heavy fertilization. They can grow well in relatively nutrient-poor soils.
- Limited pruning: Poppies typically do not require extensive pruning. Deadhead spent flowers to promote continuous blooming and prevent self-seeding if desired.
- Generally pest and disease-resistant: Poppies are not highly susceptible to pests or diseases. Proper spacing and good air circulation can help prevent issues like mildew.
- Poppy 'Bridal Silk Shirley' is relatively low-maintenance once established. Regular deadheading and maintaining well-drained soil are the main care considerations.
- Seed count: 40