Colibri Icelandic Poppies 100 seeds
Cannot be shipped outside of Canada. Foreign growers please contact Italian Ranunculus directly*
Colibri Icelandic Poppies were bred in Italy for the cut flower trade. They are a huge improvement on other named selections of icelandic poppies in terms of their high yields, beautiful colours and enormous flower size. Because of this, they command a much higher price than standard cultivars and are a rewarding crop given proper growing and post-harvest care.
We offer Colibri seeds in a 5 colour mix (white, yellow, orange, pink, apricot/peach), as well as in Bianco (white), Rosa Intenso (pink), Rosa Chiaro (apricot/peach). La Dolce Vita is a new custom mix with 90% Bianco, Rosa Intenso and Rosa Chiaro - the ultimate dreamy wedding mix! 10% of seed is the red/orange and yellow, so there is a bit of everything.
Photos courtesy of Seattle Wholesale Growers Market, Biancheri/Italian Ranunculus and Bare Mtn. Farm.
GROWING and POST HARVEST INFORMATION
Icelandic poppy seeds can be tricky to germinate, but we are getting great results with the following method: Surface sow, do not exclude light. 15-18C is ideal. 288 cell trays are usually recommended, micro soil blocks, and 1 1/2" soil blocks have worked for us. Dusting the soil surface with fine vermiculite and then sowing gives a moist evironment without covering the seeds which need light to germinate. Use domes during germination period. Sowing with the moistened end of a toothpick is the best way to deal with these tiny seeds. Bottom water. Germination can be sporadic, but can begin within 5-7 days. Do not allow soil to dry out during the germination period. Remove domes once seeds have germinated.
Properly hardened off plants can be planted out after about a month. They will tolerate a light frost, but frost protection is beneficial. Spacing 9-12", drip irrigation is best; moist but not wet. Icelandic poppies like good drainage. These are cool growers and do especially well in moderate climates. Where summers are hotter they are good spring and fall performers. In hotter climates, plants started in February and given adequate care during the growing season can bloom from summer to frost and return and bloom the following spring. Summer sown plants planted out in fall will overwinter (Zone 2 and higher) and bloom early summer to mid-fall if picked regularly. Icelandic poppies are treated as biennials where summers are hot and short-lived perennials where summers are cooler. Sowing each year ensures a good crop.
Harvest is done at the cracking-bud stage. Cut and sear stem ends with boiling water or a propane torch. Flower food gives a longer vase life, 5-7 days. Cut poppies at cracking bud stage can be kept in a holding solution in a 4C cooler for a week without diminished vase life.
Icelandic poppy seeds stored dry and sealed in a refrigerator can be kept up to 4 years without significant loss of viability.