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The Poppy that inspired the Remembrance Day poem, In Flanders Fields. Packet includes the 1915 poem and the signature of its author, Canadian Dr. John McCrae. Blood red flowers with four black patches. Easy from seed; self-seeds. Ht 40 cm (16 in). Origin: Belgium.
Very easy to grow. Direct seed in garden after the soil has thoroughly warmed in the spring, covering seed with 1/2 cm (1/4 in) soil. For earlier flowers start seeds indoors 4 weeks in advance of intended date for moving plants to the garden. Germinates best at 22 C (74 F) usually in 7-14 days. Merely press seed into the surface of the soil. Water well until well established. Flourish in ordinary soil in sunny location. Will tolerate drought but it is best to keep soil evenly moist. Fertilize every 2 weeks with 10-52-17 and liquid seaweed for strong healthy plants. Garden spacing 25 cm (10 in) apart.