Checkers Oriental Poppy Seeds 6588. Pure silky white flowers are individually marked with a deep black cross for the ultimate contrast! These sturdy plants with their rich green foliage are ideal for brightening sunny borders or for using as uniquely patterned cut-flowers. Checkers has a garden height of 60-90 cm (24-36″). Perennial rated as hardy to Zone 4 however it can be subject to crown damage caused by repeated winter freeze thaw cycles.
How to Grow
Start seed indoors in a soil-less mix in February or early March. Germinate at 20 C (70 F) for 14-21 days then grow on under lights at a slightly cooler temperature before hardening off and transplanting outside after the danger of frost has past. Do not cover seed as light aids germination. Outdoor sowing should take place anytime from May to mid-July or again in late fall for germination the following spring.