Red Poppy Planting Instructions


If you've ever driven by a patch of red poppies, you probably remember stopping in your tracks and enjoying their beauty. Poppies are some of the easiest perennial flowers to grow, and they add a splash of color to any landscape. Growing to a height of 2 feet or more, red poppies bloom with paperlike petals, and at the end of their blooming season they reseed themselves, producing an even bigger batch of flowers next season. Planting and growing poppies requires very little fuss and maintenance.

Step 1

Plant your red poppy seeds in the fall, after the first frost has already come, as the seeds need a cold, dormant period to germinate.

Step 2

Select a location that is in full sun and has adequate drainage.

Step 3

Prepare the soil by removing any grass or weeds, and then run a rake over the top of the dirt to loosen it up.

Step 4

Add your poppy seeds to 1 cup of sand and mix well. The sand makes it easier to evenly spread the tiny poppy seeds.

Step 5

Spread the poppy/sand mixture over the top of the soil, and then moisten the soil with a light mist setting on the nozzle of a water hose.

Tips and Warnings

  • Do not cover the seeds with dirt as in the spring they will need light to germinate.

Things You'll Need

  • Shovel
  • Rake
  • Sand
  • Water hose with mist setting


  • Texas A&M University Extension: Poppy
  • The Gardener's Rake: How to Grow Red Poppies From Seed

Who Can Help

  • American Meadows: The Red Poppy
Keywords: red poppy seeds, planting red poppies, growing red poppies

About this Author

A freelance writer for more than 12 years, Traci Vandermark has written extensively on health and fitness topics. She is a student of health, fitness and nutrition at the International Institute Of Holistic Healing, certified by the American Association of Nutritional Consultants. Her articles have appeared in Catskill Country Magazine, The Lookout Magazine, Capper's, Birds and Blooms and Country Discoveries, to name a few.