How to Care for California Poppies


California poppies, a west coast wildflower, make excellent flowers for your small or large garden. Reseeding themselves each year and coming back on their own, California poppies are planted in the spring and require little care to grow and look their best throughout the year. California poppies are rarely affected by pests of any kind, but because they grow tall and thick, they can attract small animals such as rabbits that use them as a hiding place. Planting these beautiful wildflowers can be done by any gardener no matter how much or how little experience he or she may have.

Step 1

Locate an area in your garden that receives full sun for most of the day.

Step 2

Using a steel rake, rake the soil in the planting area to loosen the dirt well.

Step 3

Plant the seeds directly in the loosened soil, scattering them all across the planting location in no particular pattern. Gently rake the planting area again once the seeds have been scattered to lightly cover them with a thin layer of soil.

Step 4

Water the seedlings and plants frequently, depending on your weather conditions, to keep their soil slightly moist to the touch but never soaked.

Step 5

Cut back any dead, dying or wilted flowers by simply cutting them somewhere below the bloom using sharp pruning shears.

Things You'll Need

  • California poppy seeds
  • Steel rake
  • Water
  • Sharp pruning shears


  • Planet Natural: Growing California Poppies
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Jason M. Bruner is a freelance writer who has been in the field for more than five years. His content has been previously published on sites such as eHow.