Poppies are versatile, show-stopping plants that include several varieties, from the big, bold Oriental poppy, which can grow as tall as 4 feet, to the demure Alpine poppy, topping out at about 10 inches (25 cm). Poppies are tough, easy-to-grow plants that can tolerate drought and will thrive in any well-drained soil.
Water the newly-planted poppy seeds after planting. Use a hose and spray nozzle or a watering can to prevent washing away the poppy seeds. Keep the soil lightly moist until the seeds germinate, which should take approximately 10 to 15 days. After the seeds germinate, water the poppies only during hot weather.