Position – Part shade
Soil – Moist, well-drained
Flowering Period – Summer
Hardiness – Hardy to fully hardy (dependent on weather)
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”).
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.
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.
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