Photo of Meconopsis betonicifolia: Want these - do you think they might grow here?

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Name: Jeanie
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foraygardengirl
Jul 1, 2014 11:47 AM CST
I absolutely love these -- I'm in a suburb of the Twin Cities, zone 4A. I thought a spot on the north side of my house might work. What do you think?
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Name: Caroline Scott
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CarolineScott
Jul 1, 2014 5:39 PM CST
The photo is the north side of my house in zone 3.
Yes, go for it.
They like a peaty soil.
Name: Lori
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growitall
Jul 1, 2014 6:18 PM CST
To grow them (Meconopsis in general) well, people here have sunk large containers in the ground and created bog* environments. They are certainly hardy - the challenge is creating the environment for them.\

*Maybe I shouldn't say "bog" environments, but areas that can be kept moist, in comparison to the surrounding area, in this dry climate.
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Name: Jeanie
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foraygardengirl
Jul 1, 2014 6:34 PM CST
Oooh. I might reconsider then. I don't do supplemental watering except in extreme circumstances. I might be thinking of a different plant in the family. I had seen an article about some gardens in Alaska and they had some very lovely blue poppies. Ivwill research further. Thanks for all the good information!
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Name: Lori
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growitall
Jul 1, 2014 10:27 PM CST
Oops, didn't mean to scare you off. It's fun to try things, and Meconopsis can be gotten through a year or two without going to any great extremes. To keep them well for years though will require adapting a planting area to their needs.
Name: Jeanie
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foraygardengirl
Jul 2, 2014 5:06 AM CST
Not to worry; I don't scare that easily. I may try them anyway, but will research further and will probably choose a different spot than I was originally thinking. Thanks for the info!
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Name: Caroline Scott
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CarolineScott
Jul 2, 2014 7:10 AM CST
Some are monocarpic, and will die after flowering.
I am experimenting with them in more exposed sites,
but used rose huts over them for the winter.
I would recommend buying plants, and then saving the seeds from them.
Fresh viable seed is hard to come by!
Name: Jeanie
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foraygardengirl
Jul 2, 2014 7:30 AM CST
Great suggestions, thank you!
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Name: Lori
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growitall
Jul 2, 2014 9:05 AM CST
Here's some info on the perennial species/hybrids:
http://www.meconopsis.org/spages/perennial.html

Looks like there has been confusion between M. betonicifolia and M. baileyi:
http://www.seedaholic.com/meconopsis-betonicifolia-himalayan...
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Name: Jeanie
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foraygardengirl
Jul 2, 2014 9:25 AM CST
Good info - thanks for the links. Based on what I have read, I'll have to pick a site carefully if I'm going to try these.
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Old gardeners never die. They are just pruned and repotted.
Name: Caroline Scott
Calgary (Zone 4a)
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CarolineScott
Nov 18, 2016 8:36 AM CST
And did you try these?
I am going to try again this next season.
Most of the ones that I had,-- have died off, so will start a few from seeds after the holidays.
Name: Jeanie
Minnesota (Zone 4a)
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foraygardengirl
Nov 19, 2016 7:22 AM CST
Hi Caroline,
No I did not yet try these. I had a chance to get some and passed it up for this year. I would have had to rework my front garden to provide the right spot, and I just didn't get to it. I am still thinking about it though. So pretty.
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