Transplanting california poppies
I have read that California poppies don't like transplanting and are best direct sown, but nevertheless, I am growing some of the pink 'Summer Sorbet' variety in jiffy pellets under lights right now. I had to get a jump on gardening this winter, and the last time I tried direct sowing this variety outside, none of them came up.
Anyway, I have two questions:
1) Knowing these plants can handle some cold weather, can I transplant them into the flowerbeds before the last frost date? I'm in Utah, and we usually consider final frost date to be around Mother's Day. Can I put them out in the garden next week? We were warming up last week, but we just got 3" of snow today! How risky is that for these little guys?
2) Having read of their distaste for transplanting, what should I do to ensure they survive when I do transplant them? Does anyone know what it is that makes them poor transplanters? Do they have fragile roots?