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Meconopsis is a genus of plants in the poppy family, the most common of which grown in Britain are the Welsh poppy, Meconopsis cambrica, and the Himalayan blue poppy, Meconopsis betonicifolia. The flowers are a similar shape and structure to true poppies, but they can be identified as meconopsis by their seedheads. Rather than 'pepper pot' seedheads typical of true poppies, meconopsis seedheads are thin and long.
Meconopsis betonicifolia bears spectacular, bowl-shaped blue flowers with bright yellow centres, in late spring to early summer. It makes a dramatic statement when grown en masse, and does best when grown in moist, neutral to acid soil in a partially shaded spot. The Royal Horticultural Society has given it its prestigious Award of Garden Merit (AGM).
Plant type: Hardy perennial
Flower colour: Blue
Foliage colour: Blue-green
Sun exposure: Partial shade, Shade
Soil: Well-drained/light, Acidic, Moist
Skill level: Experienced
Time to plant seeds: March to May
I have two Himalayan blue poppy plants, and they have never flowered within the 3 years, that I've had them.
I've just noticed a flower bud, arising from the mount of foliage on one of my plants.
I've just realized, the reason, for the delay in flowering, after I read your plant information ; I planted my poppy plants in direct sunlight on the south facing part of my garden.
I should dig up the plants and plant them, in a shady place, under a large shrub when should I do this?
l sowed this from seed quite a few years ago and it flowered l had about 6 plants they shed seeds and these grew and flowered, but we had a very bad winter wet and damp this saw them off, l bought a packet of seed last year and l have about 6 plants ready to put out, they do like the shade not to much though. they are a very lovely plant. but they are fussy plants. and they do seem to like being left alone.
i just bought them this year will give it a go
If you grow this from seed or buy a plant, never let it flower in the first year. It takes a couple of yers for the plant toi establish. Easy to propagate from seeds collected. Sow immediately and leave to own devices in shady spot over winter, but cover with glass at angle over pot to protect from heavy rain.
Once established they hate to be moved.
I planted one last year in a border, but it came under sustained attack from snails, and was very unhappy. Have moved it to a container, stuck it in the shade, and religiously watered and fed it, mixing in tea leaves/coffee grounds to acidify the growing medium. It is now four foot tall and just flowered.
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