Meconopsis betonicifolia 'Blue'
While difficult to grow, the simply stunning Meconopsis betonicifolia 'Blue' flowers, also known as the blue poppy is well worth the labour.
Is there a more beautiful bloom in the entire flower kingdom then the famous Blue Poppy? It is only to be expected that an elusive, magical flower like this is a little harder to grow. The secret with this plant is to grow cool and well shaded. Height: 60-90cm (24-36in).
Truly mesmerising and showstopping, the blue poppy's blooms are a fitting reward for testing your gardening prowess.
Plant Type: Herbaceous
Hardiness: H4: Hardy - Average Winter (-10C to -5C)
Plant Height & Spread (at maturity): H 90cm x W 45cm (at maturity)
Pot Size: Seeds
Foliage Colour: Green
Flower Colour: Blue
Fragrant Flower: No
Aromatic Foliage: No
Foliage Type: Deciduous
Soil Type: Any Garden Soil, Rich Fertile
Soil Drainage: Well Drained
Light Exposure: Full Sun, Part Shade
Planting Style: Cottage Garden, Wildlife Gardens, Woodland garden
Season of Interest: Spring
Flowering (from - to): May - June
Sowing / Planting (from - to): January - March & December
Typically Available (from - to): January - December
Pre-chill seed for 3 weeks. Sow in winter or early spring in good free draining seed compost covering the seed with a light sprinkling of compost. Place out of doors in a coldframe or sheltered spot. Keep compost moist, protect from heavy rain but not from frost which is beneficial. Leave for about five weeks then bring into warmth of 13-18C (55-65P).
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