Well known hardy perennial for its piercing blue flowers but surprisingly rarely seen.
It has a reputation for being difficult to grow. However once established it requires little if any attention.
Meconopsis need cool summers and chilly winters, doing best in dappled shade and moist humus-rich soil. Blue forms are bluest in acidic soil.
These plants perish in hot or dry climates. A loose airy winter mulch may be beneficial.
A massed planting is unforgettable, especially in the company of other moisture-lovers such as Japanese primroses.
Genus - Meconopsis
Species - Betonicifolia
Common name - Tibetian Poppy
Pre-Treatment - Not-required
Hardiness zones - 4 - 9
Height - 0,90 - 1,20 m
Spread - 0,45 - 0,60 m
Plant type - Perennial
Exposure - Partial Sun, Partial Shade
Growth rate - Fast
Soil PH - Acidic, Neutral
Soil type - Well drained, loam
Water requirements - Average
Landscape uses - Feature Plant, Mixed Border
Bloom season - June
Leaf / Flower color - Green / Blue
Sow indoors January to April, in pots of moist compost. Sow thinly, cover lightly with fine compost. Firm gently and keep moist.
Cover pots with glass, polythene or propagator lid. Keep at approx +15-+20C.
Seedlings appear in 14-28 days.
Remove cover when seedlings appear. When large enough transplant individually to larger pots if necessary. Stand outside for a few days late May (avoid frosts). Transplant 20 cm apart in flowering position.
Keep moist and weed free.
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