Container Gardens-The California Poppy

The California Poppy
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The California Poppy

I should start by saying that the California poppy is the state flower for California. Its botanical name is Eschscholzia California.

"The flowers have long stems with a silky texture. Each flower has four petals. The flowers burst forth from February through September." The petals close at night or while experiencing windy weather, then re-open again the following morning. They sometimes remain closed in cloudy weather.

California poppies are actually a wildflower, they thrive in full sun and do well even in poor soil. They are an excellent choice for container gardens. They do well in hanging baskets and windowsill containers. When planting them in containers, make sure you maintain sufficient drainage by adding a layer of pebbles or sand so the drainage holes will not become clogged. They are also drought-tolerant and require little care.

These lovely flowers are self-seeding and extremely easy to grow in gardens. You can direct seed them anywhere you want a splash of color.


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Sowing the Seed

California Poppy seeds are like tiny beads that are dark brown or black. Plant the seed shallow, about 1/16" deep. The seed germinates in fifteen to thirty days, although my seed (pictured at right) took only seven days.

Special Effects-Stacked Pots

Where to Place Your California Poppy Containers

Place your containers along a walkway or path to create an alluring, attractive welcome to friends and guest. It's also an excellent idea to place hanging baskets of California Poppies near the entrance of your home or close to a place that you frequently spend time outdoors so that you may enjoy the enchanting fragrance that emanates from this lovely species.

I love the idea of creating this special cascading effect using stacked pots as seen in the video above. So many plants can be displayed beautifully and are so easily cared for when grown in this manner. You simply water from the top container to reach all levels. What could be more simple? The final results are outstandingly beautiful. This is such a gratifying project, you may want to create several to enjoy.

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California Poppies

The video above shows pictures of poppies in various locations, accompanied by delightful music. I found this very relaxing and want to share it, in hopes that you may enjoy the same tranquil effect I experienced while viewing this short video. I hope that you enjoy it as much as I did.

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jill of alltrades 3 years ago from Philippines

I love container gardening because of the small garden space I have. I just wonder if California poppies will grow here. The flowers look so lovely!


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Becky Puetz 5 years ago from Oklahoma Author

Dirt Farmer, I'm glad the stacked pots worked out so well for you. I think it's such a cool idea. Thanks for commenting.


The Dirt Farmer 5 years ago

Did the stacked pots as featured in the YouTube video, and it looks great! Thanks again for the info.


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Becky Puetz 5 years ago from Oklahoma Author

MyMastiffPuppies, I'm glad you liked the Hub and that it has inspired you to give the California Poppies a try this Spring. Thanks for your thoughtful comments and for voting me up.


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MyMastiffPuppies 5 years ago

Wow they are beautiful! You have inspired me to plant some this spring. Great video too, another good project for me,(in all my spare time.) Thanks for sharing, voted up, useful, awesome and beautiful...


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2uesday 5 years ago from - on the web, I am 2uesday.

Hi Becky, I too like California poppies and they grow really well in the sandy soil I have here. I like the colours they come in and the way their petals move in the breeze. Up and useful buttons for this.


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Becky Puetz 5 years ago from Oklahoma Author

Peggy. I'm glad you enjoyed the Hub. Thanks.


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Peggy W 5 years ago from Houston, Texas

California poppies are gorgeous especially when seen in masses. Enjoyed the stacked pots video and like you said, the music in the last video was relaxing while getting to see the pretty pictures. Enjoyed this hub. Up and useful votes!


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Becky Puetz 5 years ago from Oklahoma Author

DirtFarmer, I'm glad you liked the stacked pot video. I put one like it together and it turned out beautiful. Thanks for commenting and voting on my Hub.


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Becky Puetz 5 years ago from Oklahoma Author

Hi stars439, The California Poppy is fun and very easy to grow. The are so cheerful looking too. Thanks for commenting. God bless :)


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stars439 5 years ago from Louisiana, The Magnolia and Pelican State.

Sounds like fun flowers to grow. Great hub. God Bless You Precious Heart.


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Dolores Monet 5 years ago from East Coast, United States

Such beautiful flowers! And I love to see container gardens - not fan of growing them. Too much watering. But certainly an attractive addition to a patio, porch, or small yard.


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The Dirt Farmer 5 years ago from United States

Awesome stackedp-pot video. Thank you so much!


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Becky Puetz 5 years ago from Oklahoma Author

You're right, these are a very cheerful and easy to grow flower. thanks for voting my Hub up.


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Fluffy77 5 years ago from Enterprise, OR

Wonderful Hub, voted you up! I have always loved the California Poppy, so bright and cheery. I may have to plant some this season. Very useful page and beautiful too.


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Becky Puetz 5 years ago from Oklahoma Author

Ingenira, That would be beautiful. Hope your garden blossoms abundantly this year :)Thanks for your comment.


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Ingenira 5 years ago

I am imagining California poppies all over my garden, that'd be so wonderfully beautiful !


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Becky Puetz 5 years ago from Oklahoma Author

Esmeow112, they are beautiful, cheerful and easy to grow. Thanks for your comment.


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Becky Puetz 5 years ago from Oklahoma Author

s.carver, I love them too. Thanks for commenting.


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Becky Puetz 5 years ago from Oklahoma Author

Kashmir56, thank you for your comment


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kashmir56 5 years ago from Massachusetts

Hi Becky thanks for this very informative hub on how to grow the very beauyiful California Poppie flowers !


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s.carver 5 years ago from San Francisco

I love poppies!


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Esmeowl12 5 years ago from Sevierville, TN

I might have to try growing some of these this year. Beautiful!

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