A most sought treasure of the botanical world. Clear sky blue flowers held 1-1.5 meters above a basal rosette of foliage studded with golden hair. Each bloom lasts about 10 days starting late spring and are borne in succession until mid summer. Though it is monocarpic, good healthy plants will produce basal daughter offshoots that will in turn create grand-daughter offshoots of their own creating one heck of a self sustaining clump over time. NEVER divide as you will kill them. Loves an eastern exposure where it gets morning sun then shade/dappled sun for the rest of the day.
- Seed Count: 20-25
- Collection Date: Sept 2019
- Hardiness Zone: 4-9
- Height and Width 1m
- Germination test type: hand sort & actual
- Family: Papaveraceae
How to germinate Meconopsis betonicifolia seeds:
Prepare flats or plug trays with a damp moisture retentive humus rich acidic medium with a top sowing layer of moist coarse sand 4-5 mm deep. SOW THINLY! Sprinkle seed over the prepared surface. Use a fine mist to seat seeds into the sand. Cover with clear plastic sheet, then a clear plastic dome with a couple layers of newspaper laid on top. Mist every other day or so. Never EVER let seed/seedlings become dry or waterlogged. Remove paper and inner plastic layer when green sprouts start to appear in 14-30 days and provide bright indirect light (never direct sun!). Provide some ventilation (occasionally remove dome), but keep using the dome until seedlings have strong enough root system. Bottom heat greater than 22 C seriously impairs germination rate. Don’t separate seedlings growing together.