MECONOPSIS betonicifolia

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MECONOPSIS betonicifolia

Himalayan Blue Poppy
[China Blue]
(baileyi)
Select Item No. MG060

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1000 Seeds

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The minimum order quantity for this article are 100 seeds.

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Plant Description

Article Type: (GOLD NUGGET SEED®)
Life Cycle: Perennial
Family: Papaveraceae
Origin: Western China
Distinction: Award of Garden Merit (A.G.M.) from the Royal Horticultural Society.
Special Features: A color so blue that can only be called heavenly.
 
Basic Colour: (blue)
Flower Colour: heavenly blue
Natural Flowering Period: May - July
 
Winter Hardiness Zones: Z6 - Z8
Foliage: ovate, medium green, with tiny bristles
Growth Habit: upright, erect
Height with Flowers: 60 cm
Spacing between Plants: 45 cm
Soil Requirements: moist / acidic / humus rich, fertile
Location:
Usage: for the rock garden
Grams per 1000 seeds: 0.28409 Gram
Seeds per Gram
(does not correspond to the number of plants!):
3520
Sowing Rates/Trays: 2 - 3 per cell
Plug tray recommended size(s): 128 / 288
Sowing Direction:

(15) Rapidly germinating, keep seed in constant moisture (not wet) with temperatures of about +20°C [68°F]. Seeds must be covered thinly. Do not cover very small seeds, but tightly press into the earth. Keep in cooler conditions after germination occurs.

Best Sowing Date
(northern Hemisphere, Field condition):
Anytime
Sowing Time Hint: Varying temperatures beneficial, day 24°C, night 15°C.
Sowing to Germination: 2 - 4 weeks
Germination to Transplant: 4 - 6 weeks
Transplanting to Potting: 8 - 10 weeks
Cutting back at Transplanting: Not Necessary.
Container Size(s): 1 plug per 8/9 cm (3 1/2") / 1-2 plugs per 11/12 cm (4 1/2")
Vernalization: There is no current research on vernalization but a prudent recommendation for any perennial would be 6-12 weeks (a few might need 15 weeks!) at an average daily temperature of 40°F (5°C). Exposure to cold may not be necessary for flowering but might improve quality.
Forcing: An obvious place to experiment - following vernalization - would be raising daytime temperatures to 60° - 65°F (15° - 17°C). Provide 16 hours of continuous lighting. During the short days of winter, provide a night interruption lighting of 4 hours between 10:00 p.m. and 2:00 a.m.
Fertilizer: Medium (150-200 ppm)
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