Resources for poppy seeds & growing advice

1. Papaver seeds are easily purchased online, and there are many sources in the US.
Here are a few we like:

  • Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds, Seed Savers Exchange, Fruition Seeds, Renee’s Garden Seeds (the source for poppies grown on Appledore Island in Celia Thaxter’s recreated garden) as well as several of our local nurseries.

2. Another option is growing Papavers from plants. P. orientale, for example, is best started as a bare root plant in the fall, but is also sometimes available in the spring.  If planted in the spring, don’t expect blooms the first year. 

Papaver plants can be sourced locally or ordered from afar. A few we suggest are: White Flower Farm (CT) for Papaver somniferum and Papaver orientale, and Fowler’s Nursery in Southampton for Papaver nudicaule.  Bluestone Perennials in Ohio also sells Papaver orientale plants, as do Brecks, Eden Brothers, High Country Gardens, and others.  

3. Information about how to grow poppies abounds on the internet.  Here are a few of the best articles and advice we found: