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himalayan blue poppy

robiwanrobiwan Posts: 206
I have tried these from seed with no joy anyone know where i can get a plant from cant find one anywhere ?


  • WilderbeastWilderbeast Posts: 1,415
    I have given up on them altogether never had a flower yet, slugs seemed to love mine. Himalayan gardens at Ripon have good stock if that's anywhere near to you
  • FairygirlFairygirl Posts: 53,924
    Make sure you have the right conditions for them too, or they won't thrive.
    Cold and damp is what they like.
    It's a place where beautiful isn't enough of a word....

    I live in west central Scotland - not where that photo is...
  • raisingirlraisingirl Posts: 6,891
    very difficult things to grow if you don't live up a mountain
    “It's still magic even if you know how it's done.” 
  • berardeberarde Posts: 145
    The plant hunters garden at Pitlochry have a wonderful show, so the conditions must be right. They had some plants for sale but with the slugs I thought they would be too frustrating
  • punkdocpunkdoc Posts: 14,335
    Scotland has the best UK conditions for Meconopsis: damp and acid soils.
    How can you lie there and think of England
    When you don't even know who's in the team

    S.Yorkshire/Derbyshire border
  • There was a lovely display at Harlow Carr gardens a few years ago.  They ran a trial of different varieties.

    If you buy a small plant, don't let it flower the first year.  They need time to build up their strength.  To damp and acid soil I'd add partial shade - I had some lovely ones in my garden on a NE slope in the Pennines, for a few years until the slugs got the better of them.

    I'd also recommend Meconopsis quintuplinervia, the harebell poppy, to anyone with a shady rock garden and damp acid soil.  A pretty little plant which "runs" a bit when happy, easier to grow than its tall relatives.  Not such a startling blue though. 
    Since 2019 I've lived in east Clare, in the west of Ireland.
  • FairygirlFairygirl Posts: 53,924
    I could easily grow them here, but I dislike the colour  :D

    You can manufacture the conditions for them up to a point, as with many plants, but you can't alter the climate you have. If that isn't suitable, I'm afraid you're just wasting time and money. 
    It's a place where beautiful isn't enough of a word....

    I live in west central Scotland - not where that photo is...
  • robiwanrobiwan Posts: 206
    i am going to try one more time from seed if no joy will give up, But you guys know when you see a plant and absolutely must have it !!!! :)
  • Brookside nurseries have them as plug plants. Valerie 
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