Meconopsis grandis, blue poppy, sowing, planting


Meconopsis grandis: A beautiful and very hardy blue poppy

Ménocopsis Grandis: beautiful blue poppy flowers, hairy stems and leaves which sit above a "rosette" of large oval leaves of a beautiful tender green… It is one of the easiest poppies to grow with a few conditions. This is a plant that does not appreciate heat, nor calcareous soils. If the meconopsis are particularly felt in mountain regions such as the Vosges or the Jura, which are less hot than the Alps in summer, it is nevertheless possible to cultivate them almost everywhere provided the culture is adapted a little. In hot regions, you will favor shade and generous watering, in other regions in partial shade and always in a mixture of clay soil, mature compost and all on a draining material such as gravel.

Botanical name:

• Meconopsis grandis

Plant info:

• Cycle: Perennial
• Foliage: Lapsed
• Hardiness: Hardy (-28 ° C)
• Family: Papaveraceae papaveraceae
• Harbor : Upright stems
• Exhibition: partial shade, even shade, sun without heat
• Ground : Neutral to acidic, cool, drained, non-calcareous and non-heavy soil
• Sowing: Spring or Fall
• Plantation: Fall or early spring
• Flowering: May to July
• Rooting: Roots
• Cultivation area: Up to zone 5 (see the France - Quebec hardiness map)
• Origin: Asia
• Honey plant: Yes
• Edible plant: No

Special features of mecolopsis grandis:

• Superb flowering
• 0.8 M high

What advantages in the garden

• Very floriferous.
• Rapid growth.

What exhibition?

Partial shade or even shade
• Sun, without too much heat, in very hot regions, favor shade exposure.

What soil?

• Fresh
• Neutral to acid, drained
• Non-calcareous soil

Method of multiplication meconopsis?

• Sowing

When to sow meconopsis?

Winter seedlings in terrine:

• In the months of January and until February.

Fall sowing in place in the garden:

• In place, in the garden, from the month October until November December.

How to sow the seeds?

The seeds of meconopsis grandis are quite difficult to germinate.

Seedlings in terrine or pots

• Store the collected seeds in the fridge at 4 ° C.
(For seeds purchased in garden centers, place them in the refrigerator at least one month before sowing)
• Prepare a terrine or cups filled with a mixture of sand and peat in the same proportion.
• Water.
• Place the seeds on the surface.
• Cover the seeds with a very thin layer of the sand mixture.
• Water lightly with a sprayer.
• Place the terrine or the cups in a cold frame.
• Generally the germs appear as soon as the temperatures soften, around 10-13 ° C (February - March).
• Transplant in early spring.

Sowing on site:

• In mild regions, such as seedlings in terrines / pots, place the seeds in the refrigerator.
• Sowing is difficult, even more in place, the nature of the soil as the exposure will have to correspond to the requirements.
• Work the soil with a spade fork without turning it over.
• Amend it with leaf soil, peat and sand.
• Water the soil.
• Place the seeds and cover with a little potting soil a few millimeters.
• Tamp with a board.

When to plant Meconopsis ?

The plant can be set up in 2 periods:
In autumn, starting in October.
In spring, from March-April

How to plant them?

• Prepare the soil by working it halfway up the spade, in order to obtain a nice, homogeneous soil.
• Work the soil to match the needs of the plant.
• Mix planting soil with sand, 70/30%
• Plan to separate the plants by 0.40 m.
• Top up with the soil / sand mixture.
• Firmly press down with your hand or foot without damaging the plant.
• Water and keep the soil cool.

Interview :

• Watering: keep the soil cool
• Cut the stems faded flowers.

Flowering:

May, June to July.

Varieties:

Meconopsis betonicifolia (Var. Alba) : with white flowers.

What to plant with these blue poppies?

• Plant them meconopsis grandis with foxgloves, elven flowers ...

Use :

ATa garden: in beds, partial shade or in the shade of beautiful shrubs,
• Without garden:
Pot culture is rarely successful.

Photo by Arashiyama - picked up on wikipedia.org - under the Creative Commons - Retouched by jaime-jardiner.
The photo is shared under the same conditions.

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Beautiful and very hardy blue poppy

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Ménocopsis Grandis: beautiful blue poppy flowers, stems like its hairy leaves, enthroned above a "rosette" of large oval leaves of a beautiful tender green ... It is one of the most popular poppies. easier to grow except for a few conditions. Here is a plant which does not appreciate the heat, nor the calcareous grounds. If the meconopsis are particularly felt in mountain regions like the Vosges or the Jura, less hot than the Alps in summer, it is nevertheless possible to cultivate them everywhere ...

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Rather hardy, the Himalayan blue poppy can withstand negative temperatures down to -15 ° C. However, it is a plant that requires quite a bit of maintenance and is quite demanding to grow.

The ideal time to plant the blue poppy is at spring. On the exposure side, choose partial shade. The soil should be rich, moist, but not chalky. It is also important to respect the composition of your substrate which must be rich in organic matter at the risk of not having blooms. Moreover, the latter only intervene 2 years after the seeds are planted. The bucket planting is therefore preferable. You will find these plants in garden centers.

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Meconopsis betonicifolia, Himalayan blue poppy

The spectacular bloom in large, pure blue flowers makes the Himalayan Blue Poppy or Meconopsis betonicifolia irresistible in a garden. This beautiful flower will be a real eye-catcher.

The blue poppy is recognizable among all the perennials by its tufts of glaucous green leaves, provided with brown hairs and especially its large inclined flowers, very pure sky blue, garnished in the center with a bouquet of golden yellow stamens.

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The spectacular bloom in large, pure blue flowers makes the Himalayan Blue Poppy or Meconopsis betonicifolia irresistible in a garden. This beautiful flower will be a real eye-catcher.

The blue poppy is recognizable among all the perennials by its tufts of glaucous green leaves, provided with brown hairs and especially its large inclined flowers, very pure sky blue, garnished in the center with a bouquet of golden yellow stamens.

The Himalayan blue poppy is difficult to grow. To be reserved for knowledgeable hands, in cool regions, in a shady situation.

Meconopsis betonicifolia is usually a biennial and reserved only for areas with cool summers and cold, dry winters. The meconopsis likes a humid air that reminds it of its original Tibet.

The Himalayan blue poppy is grown only in areas with cool summers and cold, dry winters.

The meconopsis likes a humid air that reminds it of its original Tibet.

In March or April, we plant the blue poppy in light and cool soil. A mixture of planting compost and heather soil will be perfect, in semi-shaded or light shaded situation.

In order for your blue poppy to thrive in the best conditions, you will want to keep the soil moist at all times. Watering should be frequent in summer, rare in winter.

This plant behaves more like a biennial, that is to say that the first year of cultivation, it flowers only rarely, the second it flowers, then disappears. To make it sustainable from year to year, it is necessary to cut the faded flowers because the rise to seed exhausts the plant, until death.

Short-lived perennial its foot must be divided every three years.

All gardeners would love to have blue poppies in their garden, the pure blue flower is so superb, but you should know that this perennial is not easy to grow in our regions. By following our advice, you can hope to keep one of nature's most beautiful flowers.


Himalayan blue poppyВ: description

Apart from its almost unreal blue color, it is about 1 meter high. Its bluish green foliage forms a basal rosette. The leaves, oval, as well as the young shoots and flower buds are covered with red hairs. The sap which flows from the stems is yellow.

Spread flowers measure from 10В to 20В cm in diameter depending on a plant exposure and soil quality. The more it is in the sun, the smaller the diameter, the more moist the soil, the larger the flowers. They consist of 6В blue petals and many yellow stems.

Small seeds, black and leathery, are enclosed in capsules. Rustic, a blue poppy resists to - 25В В ° C.


To know about the poppy or poppy

Poppies include poppies among their species. They are characterized by their large solitary flowers, often very colorful and bearing 4 satiny red petals.

We distinguish the oriental papaver, perennial, which blooms again from year to year and the papaver somniferum, annual, which is sown in the spring of each year. It is the latter which is at the origin of opium but also of morphine for medical use.

They are often found in the wild, in meadows and pastures, in mountain pastures but also in gardens when you want to give them a natural touch.

The poppy bears a large, solitary flower of color and attractive, finely-cut foliage.


Poppy plantation

The poppy thrives in poor soil as well as in rich soil. It can thrive in stony soil but cannot stand stagnant water. It has a long root, so deep soil should be preferred. For this reason, it is not possible to grow it in a pot. On the other hand, it is very rustic and supports up to -30 ° C. In terms of exposure, the poppy likes full sun. The purchase of poppy in pots is made only on perennial varieties and not on annuals. The buckets are planted in March-April, for a beautiful summer flowering.

The steps for planting poppy

  1. Soak the clods in basins of water
  2. Scrape the earth, remove pebbles and spontaneous grass to about thirty centimeters. This over the entire planting space.
  3. If the soil is heavy, mix it with sand. You can add some compost to your garden soil.
  4. Fill the bottom of the hole with the soil / sand / compost mixture
  5. Arrange the clods at the bottom (which you can combine with other perennials), so that the foot of the plant is level with the ground
  6. Fill in the gaps with the substrate
  7. Tamp
  8. Water

Pyrenean yellow poppy (Meconopsis cambrica), a yellow poppy

The yellow poppy of the Pyrenees (Meconopsis cambrica) is a taproot perennial that is easy to grow, unlike the Himalayan blue poppy (Meconopsis betonicifolia). Its origin from Western Europe is undoubtedly one of the explanations since it is found naturally in Ireland, Wales, on the Atlantic coast and even in the Pyrenees, hence its name poppy. Pyrenean yellow or Wales poppy.

Its clustered, branched stems form basal tufts with a rustic appearance, with elliptical, pinnate, pinnate or lobed deciduous leaves 10 to 20 cm long, pale bluish green in color, usually hairy.

It blooms very long, from April to November, with shallow cup, solitary flowers 5 to 6 cm in diameter, bright lemon yellow to orange. They develop at the end of long, hairy peduncles 15 to 25 cm long, in the axils of the upper leaves. Like poppies, the 4 petals are crumpled with jagged edges and overlap slightly. The flowers do not last very long but they are constantly renewed.

The fruit which succeeds the flowers forms a smooth capsule containing many small black seeds, which contributes to easy multiplication of the Pyrenean yellow poppy.

The yellow Pyrenean poppy is very hardy (-20 ° C), so it grows easily from year to year.

  • Family: Papaveraceae
  • Type: perennial
  • Origin: Western Europe
  • Color: yellow to orange flowers
  • Sowing: yes
  • Cutting: no
  • Planting: spring or autumn
  • Flowering: April to November
  • Height: 45cm


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