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How to Grow Meconopsis


Position – Part shade

Soil – Moist, well-drained

Flowering Period – Summer

Hardiness –  Hardy to fully hardy (dependent on weather)

About Meconopsis

Meconopsis are annuals, biennials, evergreen or herbaceous perennial plants and are better known as ‘Himalayan blue poppies’. They are native to mountainous regions of the Himalayas, western China and Tibet. Tight rosettes of hairy foliage and luxurious paper-like petals adorn erect green stems throughout the summer. Meconopsis look perfect under roses or shrubs, flower beds and borders within a cottage and informal garden. You should expect to see your plants to grow to an approximate height of 1.2m (48”) and a spread of 45-60cm (18-24”).

How to plant Meconopsis

Meconopsis are best planted in moist, well-drained soil of clay and loam within an acidic or neutral PH setting. Amend the planting area with compost or well-rotted manure and work a slow release fertiliser into your soil. They will thrive best in a position of dappled shade in an open site as Meconopsis do not tolerate exposure to full sunlight and intense heat. High winds can damage the foliage of this plant, and so you may wish to consider this when planting or add suitable companion plants that will act as a protective barrier.

How to care for Meconopsis

During the summer, it is important that Meconopsis are watered regularly as when the soil becomes too dry, they may incur a powdery mildew. Meconopsis would benefit from a liquid fertiliser every fortnight throughout active growth – this will encourage energetic growth and optimum health. During the autumn, apply a generous layer of organic mulch to retain moisture levels and deter any weeds. Cut Meconopsis down to the base in late autumn.

How to propagate Meconopsis

It is possible to propagate Meconopsis by seed or by division after flowering as these are unfortunately short lived.

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