MECONOPSIS betonicifolia var. baileyi

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MECONOPSIS betonicifolia var. baileyi

Himalayan Blue Poppy
[China Blue]
Select Item No. MA060

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One Portion is usually sufficient for approx. 50 plants.
Please switch to gram for larger quantities.



Plant Description

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: 0.29412 Gram
Seeds per Gram
(does not correspond to the number of plants!):
3400
Gram to get 1000 plants
(if sown directly into pots etc. you will need a larger quantity):
2 Gram
Sowing Rates/Trays: 6 - 7 per cell
Plug tray recommended size(s): 128 / 288
Sowing Direction:

(9) These seeds germinate rapidly depending on species and origin. If germination does not occur after 3–4 weeks a cooling period of 2–4 weeks is recommended.

Best Sowing Date
(northern Hemisphere, Field condition):
late autumn - early spring
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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