Meconopsis baileyi ‘Hensol Violet’
Hensol Violet Himalayan Poppy
Discovered by Lady Hederson of Hensol Castle, this exquisite variant of the ‘Himalayan Blue Poppy’ is a bright violet purple with the merest hint of red. Comes quite true from seed. Forms a a clump of hairy sage green leaves and is semi deciduous. This gorgeous poppy should be more widely known. Enjoys a sheltered, shaded, cool spot in the garden, with humus rich, damp, well drained neutral to acid soil. Will self seed. 75 cm H x 45 cm W.
SEED SOWING ADVICE:
Meconopsis seeds can be sown at any time in good quality seed raising mix.
Cover seeds thinly with river sand or sieved seed raising mix.
Then moisten the sown punnet well by standing it in a water bath so the moisture percolates all the way through to the surface from the bottom.
Now place the sown, moist punnet in a cool spot.
No artificial heat is needed as this can sometimes make the seed go into a deeper dormancy.
Seedlings usually appear within 3 to 6 weeks but some can take much longer. But this is a normal process in nature to stagger germination, to ensure some seeds will germinate into a variety of weather conditions. So do be patient and do not discard the punnet.
When the seedlings have a set of true leaves, pot on into small pots and protect from hot sun.
Then plant out in a shaded, moist humus rich slightly acid soil. It is natural for some Meconopsis plants to be herbaceous and die down to a large resting bud.
SEED COUNT: 15 seeds per pack approx. (We always aim to exceed the stated seed count, and give a generous serve).
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