Meconopsis punicea

SICHUAN SILK POPPY

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Meconopsis punicea
SICHUAN SILK POPPY

Sensational is the only word for Meconopsis punicea.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Unusual & spectacularly beautiful

Because in early spring the thick, strong, main stem of this absolutely magnificent specimen arises, with branching spurs carrying golden eyed, cherry red, single flowers.

Blooms of finest cherry satin

Meconopsis napaulensis is breath-taking in flower, and richly deserves the name of Satin Poppy. As the blooms seem to have been cut from sumptuous, finest cherry satin.

Outstanding evergreen foliage

The deeply lobed leaves are very pretty too, all felted with silvery hairs.
This foliage forms one of the most attractive winter rosettes of all the gorgeous Meconopsis family.

Prize for the shade

Meconopsis enjoy a sheltered, shaded, cool spot in the garden, in a pot, or a woodland area in Partial Shade.
And they love humus rich, damp, well drained neutral to acid soil.
The secret is to find a place where you can keep the humidity in the air up – so a shade house or fernery area is perfect.
But the Satin Poppy dislikes full, hot sun and windy positions.
Though it tolerates temperatures down to -10C.

Once you have your treasures happily settled into the right spot, they will self seed for you to form colonies of breath-taking flowers on stately spires.
And then you can claim gardening stardom.

Even though Meconopsis are only short lived perennials it does not matter – they are worth everything just to see them flower.

1.5m. High in stunning silky flowers x 75cm. Wide. rosette of silvery foliage.

SEED SOWING ADVICE:

Meconopsis seeds can be sown at any time in good quality seed raising mix.

First 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 cause rapid germination and fungal attack, or make 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 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: 10 seeds per pack approx. (Seed of this rare poppy is very scarce).
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