Poppy 'Ladybird' is bright and cheerful, with large crimson flowers and distinctive black spots which makes them look like the spots on a ladybird. Easy to grow and hardy, it can be sown in both spring and autumn.
It was awarded the RHS Award of Garden Merit and is recognised as an excellant attractor and nectar source for bees and other pollinating insects and is included on the RHS Perfect for Pollinators list.
|When to sow
|Outdoors March to May, August to October.
|Where to sow
|Poppy seeds are best sown direct outside where they are to flower as the seedlings do not transplant well.
|Sow seeds thinly 1cm (1/2in) deep in a well prepared bed and cover with a fine compost and water well.
|What to do next
|Thin the seedlings gradually so that by early summer they are spaced 20cm (8in) apart, leaving the strongest and healthiest seedlings to grow on.
|Deadhead to prolong flowering and encourage new flower buds.
|For a continuous display of poppy's make successional sowings.
|Remove seed pods before the seed is shed if you do not wish them to self seed.
|June to September.
|Borders and beds and cut flowers
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