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Himalayan Blue poppy

Can anyone advise on the best way to sow  the seeds of the himalayan blue poppy . Any special time/ conditions/ etc. I havn`t grown the poppy before but this year  I bought one and it survived. I am thrilled as I would like to grow more I understand they are available in different colours. 

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  • punkdocpunkdoc Sheffield, Derbyshire border.Posts: 13,022

    I sow in winter and leave them somewhere cold [ unheated greenhouse for me ]

    They will then germinate in the spring.

    There are many species and hybrids of Meconopsis, some are much harder to grow than others [ I speak from personal experience ]

    M.punicea is a particularly interesting one IMO.

    There are ashtrays of emulsion,
    for the fag ends of the aristocracy.
  • Thank you I will follow you advice.

  • ZenjeffZenjeff Newcastle Upon Tyne Posts: 641

    Sow them and leave thehttps://www.plant-world-seeds.com

    outside all winter plant world seeds have a good selection here's a paniculata grown from seed 3 years  ago to reach this flowering stage 

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  • punkdocpunkdoc Sheffield, Derbyshire border.Posts: 13,022

    There is a problem sowing them direct, as IME the young seedlings are slug fodder. If you plant them out as plants of about 6 inches tall, they are fine.

    There are ashtrays of emulsion,
    for the fag ends of the aristocracy.
  • ZenjeffZenjeff Newcastle Upon Tyne Posts: 641

    Not direct in the ground seed tray with Perspex cover leave outside in shady spot and they will germinate in spring after leaving over winter make sure they don't dry out 

  • Thank you all,  good information which I will take.

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