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Meconopsis Himalaya - best method for growing them on?

Janey

By Janey

Lincolnshire, England Eng

I have some very small plantlets grown from Amy's seeds and they now need either planting out or repotting...would anyone be able to suggest the best method of growing them on as I don't want to lose them!


On plant Meconopsis betonicifolia

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I want to follow this thread, so am leaving a comment.
Thank you, Janey. :o)

9 Apr, 2009

 

There's a Meconopsis group, Janey - http://www.meconopsis.org/index.html - masses of information, wonderful photographs - and a seed exchange, doesn't get much better than that, does it? Have a look, Terra, it's a smashing site.

9 Apr, 2009

 

Wagger ~ thanks. :o)

9 Apr, 2009

 

Hi Janey, you say that the plants are 'very' small. Have they been potted on at all yet or are they still in the seed pan? The Himalayan Blue poppy is a medium sized plant up to 2/3 feet tall so yours are not ready to go out yet. They should be repotted into a John Innes number 2 compost with, perhaps, a little bit of extra humus like leaf mold. These shold be grown on outdoors and out of direct sunlight.This time next year, if the rosettes are 3 to four inches across they can be planted out.

9 Apr, 2009

 

This answers my question before I had even asked it, thanks guys.

9 Apr, 2009

 

Well, thank you all for such a response.....
Wagger....I'll have a look at that site.....it sounds really interesting, they are such a stunning flower and want to do my best by them ....:o)
Hi Bulbaholic......they have been potted on twice and the leaves are about 3/4 inch long....so still very small. I have taken them out of the greenhouse and placed the pots in a damp shady area.......I was really hoping they would produce flowers this year...but I have to wait another year!!...:o(

9 Apr, 2009

 

Another year, or two, I am afraid, Janey. Having seen the picture I would not pot them on again this year. The one you show looks quite happy and it is in a nice looking compost.
The professional growers would have these plants in a polytunnel as the light is diffuse and the atmosphere tends to be humid. You cannot replicate this in a glass house which would get too hot and dry, so outside is the best we can do.

9 Apr, 2009

 

Thank you Bulbaholic......they are very slow growing then...I have 14 in all.....would I bring them back in the greenhouse for Winter do you think, or would it be too cold and damp?

9 Apr, 2009

 

If they were mine, Janey, I would leave them out but I hesitae to give this advice to you. What I do if I am not sure and have 14 of them is to put a few in the greenhouse and leave the rest out. A coldframe might be a better option if you have one.

9 Apr, 2009

 

Ah, yes....shall have to ask hubby nicely to make one over the summer! Thank you once again Bulbaholic.

9 Apr, 2009

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