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These flowers result from a cross of the Blue Himalayan poppy (M. betonicifolia) and the Blue Tibetan poppy (M. grandis). They are magnificent plants with large, intense blue flowers. Longer lived and somewhat easier to grow than either of its parents. Needs moist, cool growing conditions and acid soil. Seeds may require chilling, instructions included.
A rare orange-red form of the usually yellow Welsh poppy. It grows to to 16 inches tall, and blooms from June to September. Color remains true when plants self-sow. Easy to grow, blooms the first year, and is perennial. Average to ample water, part to light shade. Combines beautifully with Alpine Strawberries. Winter hardy to zone 5.
Sow seeds in 2 inch pots or cell packs, use a sterile packaged seed starting mix. Press into soil, do not cover. Needs light to germinate. Kept at 55-65° F., germination usually occurs within 4-5 weeks. If not, put container inside a zip-lock bag with plenty of air and refrigerate 4 weeks. Return to 55-65°F. until germination occurs.
Growing Meconopsis: For Lingholm Hybrid: Transplant seedlings into 4 inch pots when plants reach about 1 inch across. Keep in light shade. When roots reach edge of container, transplant 1.5-2 feet apart (usually in midsummer from an early spring sowing). Requires: Part sun to full shade, acidic, rich, deep, moist, soil. Customers have reported success with Meconopsis from these areas: Pacific Northwest, Alaska, Upper Northeast, and the Province of Quebec in Canada.