Gardening Tips & Flowers : How to Grow California Poppy (Eschscholzia Californica)

Gardening Tips & Flowers : How to Grow California Poppy (Eschscholzia Californica)

Hi, this is Yolanda Vanveen, and in this segment,
we’re going to learn all about how to grow the California Poppy. The California poppy
is native to California, and that’s on the west coast of The United States. So, it likes
really warm, warm summers, and it likes not too cold of winters. So, it does well in cold
climates, though. It will come back, and reseed itself very well in almost any climate. Now,
the California poppy, or Eschscholzia is a plant that was first found by the botanist
and poet, Adelbert von Chamisso, and he lived from 1781 to 1838. Now, he named it in honor
of his friend, Johann Friedrich Eschscholtz, and so the in California, we just call it
the Eschscholtz poppy. And so, it’s really easy to recognize. It’s also on the sides
of the freeways everywhere in California, and the best way to start is by seed in the
spring. And it is the official flower and the emblem of California. It’s just a beautiful
plant, and they come in bronze to mauve and scarlet flowers. And they close on cloudy
days, so they’re not a good cut flower. They just kind of go limp, and they don’t close
inside the house, and on cloudy days they close. So, only on sunny days they open. So,
I love plants like that. They’re so fun in the garden. And they’ve got to be started
by seed every year, because they are not a root that will come back from year to year.
So, they reseed themselves, so a lot of times once you’ve got em’ started you’ll have em’
for a long time. They grow well in zones six to eleven, so they can handle quite cold winters
too. And a lot of times as they bloom and they look kind of trashy trim em’ down halfway
or just trim em’ down a little bit above the ground and they’ll grow new blooms for the
late summer and fall. They’re a great plant for your garden.


  1. I tried these, they are gorgeous, but only a few came up, so it was a total bust. They only grew where it was plowed on level ground and didn't mind the mixed in plowed up grass at all, but then I guess that's poppies for you. They didn't grow at all where I plowed on a slope, though other wildflowers did just fine. Its funny how they close at night, then open again. For my orange flowers I'm going to try planting Sulfur Cosmos instead, since it blooms after all other wildflowers have died.

  2. One big mistake in your presentation!!!! I have been growing golden poppies for over 40 years. They do keep their root systems and come back from year to year from these roots and the roots get bigger over the years.. And we used these roots for herbal purposes.  You said that they don't keep their root systems.

  3. nice! absolutely no information ,on prolonging blooms or cutting back ,or anything a true gardener would like to know

  4. NOT TRUE that the plants don't come back. My poppies have come back every year for the last several seasons! The plants spring up from the center of the original plant! (Maybe I'm just lucky !) I live in Nevada and poppies do well here. WOULD like to know if cutting them back prolongs blooms. They get floppy around mid-summer and the blossoms are smaller. I guess I'll experiment with a couple plants, but I don't want to harm the plants either! Sometimes cutting back certain plants kills them off! I have heard you shouldn't fertilize or over-water. Mine get a good soaking once a week. I didn't plant from seed, but purchased them in pots ready-to-plant. They look great planted with lavender and yarrow.All low-maintenance plants with great color…

  5. If you live in California they should be sown in the fall. The fall rains will help establish a tap root that will allow the plant to survive the dry summer and bloom again the following year. Her advice might be valid if you live back east. I don't know. I've only grown them in California.

  6. I have 400,000 seeds I bought… I want to make San Diego bloom with poppies!!! I'm going to put them all over and by the freeways!! just like the lady up north did with the daffodils!

  7. Just wanted to see what this was about but everyone knows you don't needa do anything they just grow like crazy and everywhere

  8. Thanks for the information. We planted about 300 sq. feet of them today along with other wildflowers. That would be nice if they bloom again in late summer, I'll cut them low when they go to seed and harvest the seeds.

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