Papaver Galucum is known as The Turkish Red Poppy or Turkish Tulip Poppy. This is not to be confused with the Turkish poppy variety of papaver somniferum. The Turkish Red poppy looks like a cross between the Greek Poppy and the Corn Poppy. It is a deep red color with black spots in the center. The Turkish Tulip Poppy’s name stems from the fact that this poppy derives from Anatolia, which is the region that comprises Turkey, and because its inner petals stand up in resemblance of tulip petals. This variety can tolerate a wide range of conditions. It reach up to three feet in height.
These seeds are easily grown outdoors in full sun by scattering the seeds on the surface of the soil and pressing them in. Some growers actually prefer to mix the seeds with a loose, fine soil or sand and then scatter the mix. Sow the seeds in early spring or in the fall if your bed is prepared before the winter. Sowing in the fall may not work if the winters are especially cold. Seeds sown in the fall will germinate the following spring when the temperatures are right. An early start is important because the seeds will germinate best at temperatures of about 60 degree Fahrenheit. Transplanting is not recommended unless it can be done carefully without disturbing the roots. Shirley poppies are considered to be particularly sensitive to transplanting. A light, well-draining soil is important. A mix of compost, sand, peat moss and vermiculite will work. Add lime if the soil is acidic. Keep well-watered, particularly until the plants are established. Fertilize monthly with a high-phosphorous fertilizer