Meconopsis

Dolly11Dolly11 Posts: 13

My lovely Meconopsis, the blue Himalayan poppy, which l grew from seed, one is a very deep blue, one is a little lighter and the third is pale blue, all from one half price pack of the seed,image

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  • SingySingy Posts: 206

    looks great

  • TallulahTallulah Posts: 38

    Well done! Would LOVE to grow this and have tried several times but dont have acid soil which I believe is a prerequisite.....or is that just an excuse??

  • XX Posts: 707

    Wow they look lovely, never tried the myself but do have slightly acidic soil.

  • Dolly11Dolly11 Posts: 13

    image my soil is  it is built on lime stone, and l live in the midlands, near were hundred or more years ago they dug the limestone out. and they do have sun and a little shade from the fence.so l will not let my poppy's know they are growing in the wrong soil. which is very loamy dark soil .the photo really as  not done them justice they are very much more lovely, l will try another  photo as  soon as the other buds come out, so never say you cannot do it, also they do not like pampering,once in the ground leave them. l have grown these before but they died out after a few years and neglect from me hoeing the young seedlings up..

    good luck every one who tries.

  • TallulahTallulah Posts: 38

    Well I guess dolly that since you don't pamper them then you don't water them with a sequestered iron solution or any other form of tonic for lime  hating plants? Perhaps your good loamy soil is the answer then. Mine is London clay,  perhaps not yet sufficiently conditioned with organic matter. The site I attempted to grow them in was shady and damp however. Perhaps I need to apply more leaf mould and more neglect!!

    Tallulah

  • Dolly11Dolly11 Posts: 13

    l have lived in my home since 1959, and never changed the soil, it has lime as l said we are on a limestone ridge, l never give them any more than any other plant in my garden, only new soil is the soil that comes with plants that l have rescued from garden centre's when they are selling them cheap, l sometimes throw chicken pellets or growmore apart from that they get nothing,l do water when it has been dry for a long time (some hope any time soon) also l am 77yrs old so all l do is hoe.

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     l have taken the photo's with my finepix camera, the weather was just beginning to rain. and so l think they are not too bad.

  • KEFKEF Posts: 8,915

    Dolly, beautiful, I am dark green with envy image 

    Some years ago I bought one, cannot remember conditions I put it in, but it died without even having a flower.image

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