Perennials forum: Meconopsis betoncifolia

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Jun 3, 2012 8:38 PM CST
Finally I have a bloom.

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Jun 4, 2012 6:00 PM CST
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Jun 4, 2012 6:28 PM CST
Beautifull, Caroline.

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Jun 4, 2012 7:29 PM CST
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Name: Caroline Scott
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Jun 4, 2012 11:13 PM CST
I will do the Happy Dance when I get them to grow from seed through to flowering.
This was a plant purchased and planted last year.
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springcolor
Jun 4, 2012 11:43 PM CST
They are tough to grow from seed. I have tried 2 times. Not one sprout! Shrug!
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NJBob
Jun 5, 2012 8:14 AM CST

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Very pretty , good luck with the seeds.
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PollyK
Jun 5, 2012 6:52 PM CST
You can do a happy dance just for getting them to live through one year.

It's beautiful.
Name: woofie
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woofie
Jun 5, 2012 7:14 PM CST
I am soooooo jealous! I keep trying, but so far, no luck! I didn't know you could buy plants.
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CarolineScott
Jun 5, 2012 7:26 PM CST
The plants are pricey---$10 or $15 CDN
There is one Alberta grower who has started growing these.

I have a few sprouts from a WS of Lingholm meconopsis.
I obtained the seeds from JLHudson in California.
His seeds seem to be giving better germination than some commercial sources did.
Name: woofie
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woofie
Jun 5, 2012 7:41 PM CST
If I thought I could keep it alive, I wouldn't mind paying for one. Hmmm, may have to try that vendor in Cali. I think that variety is supposed to be a bit easier to grow anyway.
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kqcrna
Jun 6, 2012 6:59 AM CST
I've known quite a few WSowers who have had success sprouting them with WSowing. But the only ones who seem to have success actually growing them on beyond seedlings have been those in the PNW and one young woman in Newfoundland.

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PollyK
Jun 6, 2012 7:26 AM CST
I grew one once. I tried for years, finally got one to live the winter, and bloom, and then it didn't come back the next winter. But I've never tried again, I was happy with the one success.
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CarolineScott
Jun 7, 2012 8:01 PM CST
Some say they are monocarpic and die after flowering.
They may be more like biennials.
The different varieties may act differently.
I shall see if these come back next year.
At least I will be able to get fresh seeds this year, so I won't mind if they don't live another winter.
I think there is a problem to get fresh seeds.
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woofie
Jun 7, 2012 10:43 PM CST
I'd read that really fresh seed is the key. Do keep us updated on your results!
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kqcrna
Jun 8, 2012 5:05 AM CST
I think clintbrown has the answer to growing these everywhere. He says next year he's going to grow white poppies and water them with blue water. Hilarious!

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CarolineScott
Jun 8, 2012 7:16 PM CST
That is not the same!
I do have one or two sprouts of meconopsis betoncifolia alba showing up.
Now I wonder: when the sprouts are tiny now and growing slowly---what do I do come fall?
Will tiny sprouts take a cold winter?
Ideally they should be good sized plants to put in the ground in the early fall.
Maybe mulching well with peat will take them through to next spring.
I shall see when fall comes.
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kqcrna
Jun 9, 2012 6:36 AM CST
In my experience, poppies take as much cold as Mother Nature gives them, even as tiny seedlings. Our winters do include some subzero temps.

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Name: Caroline Scott
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CarolineScott
Jun 9, 2012 4:04 PM CST
That is heartening to hear!
We shall see how they fare next spring.
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Jun 9, 2012 4:31 PM CST

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Blue water is so easy! Rolling on the floor laughing

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