Has anyone had success germinating Blue Himalayan poppies in zone 5 (Pittsburgh, PA)?
I didn't have any succuss last year.
This year I''ve started 18 Meconopsis Grandis and 6 Meconopsis betonicifolia. The Grandis is supposed to be a perennial for zones 5-8 while the beton is for zones 7-8. I'll worry about the 7-8 next winter IF I can even get them to germinate.
Planted 1/9/10 with starting soil and put in cold garage (about 45 degrees). Plan to bring into basement in a couple of weeks then place under lights. Then hope for the best.
If anyone has had any sucess with this perennial in zone 5 please let me know if you have any tips.
I was given seed for Blue poppies .The seeds came from Boukart Gardens in VanCover.When I asked on the NE forum I was told they are not hardy here and preferr the Northwest .
I tossed them in a spot I thought was good and we will see if they come up in May .
I get them to sprout in a cool south winter window,but I have difficulty keeping them going.
I try every year.
Did them under lights one year ,but it gets too hot for them.
This is zone 3.
I did, one year, get a purchased plant through the winter. (mulched)
Meconopsis seeds need to be reasonably fresh to germinate, though most of them are not hard to germinate if they are viable. They should germinate in a cool indoor room under lights. The real problem is getting them to survive afterwards--this is a plant that melts when it gets much above 80F. I've heard that they can be grown, with effort, in Vermont, and they do well in the NW, parts of Canada, and Alaska, so cold hardiness isn't as much of an issue as heat stroke is where most of us garden. They also are supposed to hate dry or infertile soils. Still, they are so beautiful one can't help but try to grow them anyway.
The book by Bill Terry on these (Blue Heaven) says to start them under lights with 12 hours on and 12 hours off. They should germinate in about 3 to 4 weeks he says.
The pamphlet sent with some seeds says they could take up to 100 days to germinate
so I am not going to throw them out very soon.
He grows them on the coast. I am thinking that if these grow to the outdoor stage, then I will get one of those garden misters and run it near the plants on hot dry days.
I'm having alittle success with the Meconopsis betonicifolia (from Park's). I started 12 seeds under lights on 3/15/10 but only one germinated for me. I transplanted outside on 5/9 and the attached pic was taken on 6/5. I hope I see some blue flowers this year! I also started 12 seeds from Thompson Morgan (Meconopsis grandis) but none germinated.
I have many blue poppies from one original plant. Have to break it up every three years. Have about 25 now. Sent for seeds to see if I could grow some white ones so I am in the same boat as you. The poppies love it in my yard (micro-climate 5A) in Anchorage, Alaska. I was thinking of just board casting them but should have done so early in the spring. Our days still run in the mid 50's til late afternoon and down into the high 40's at night sometimes. It may be too late to broadcast. Darn. Had a lavender one but broke it up too soon and may have lost all five clumps.
I ordered himalayan blue poppy seeds from rareseeds.com (out of Eugene, OR). Received them a couple of weeks ago. Their instructions say to cold moist stratify the seeds on a moist paper towel in a ziplock bag in the fridge for a month before sowing the seeds. I started this today. We'll see what happens! I'm planning to sow them indoors before transplanting rather than outdoors, as I have had good success with starting other poppies indoors.
Just a note on a garden where there was supposed to be blue poppies blooming.
The "Jardin du Metis" on the south side of the St. Laurence River where the Metis river flows into it?
I don't know if that garden still exists or not. I found it in a book on "Gardens of the World".
Here's the last picture I took on 6/5/10. By the end of Fall the Blue Poppy grew taller than the stick behind it, about 12". There were actually two that survived! I didn't get any blooms this past year. Pittsburgh has had a very frigid winter this year. I'm hoping the poppies will sprout in Spring and that they bloom this year. I'll keep ya'll posted.
HazelcrestmikeB---are you starting them at room temp or on heat mats? I just took mine out of the fridge. Starting them on seed starting mix in a sunny window. No heat mats. But wondering if they need them. I want them so badly to work out. I have 36 Himalayan blue seeds that I started.
Kosk0025, I sowed mine in two diffrent seed mix. According to my info that came with the seeds the temp should be 65° or less and kept out of direct sunlight. Seeds need light to germinate so don't bury them.
Ge1836, you can bet that there will be pics IF I am successful. Mike
okay, Mike---thanks. I will not use heat mats and will move them away from the direct sun in the windows. Keep me posted on your progress. I'll post pics of my seedlings once they germinate. I expect it will take a couple of weeks before germination, as that is what I recall other poppies taking for me in the past. Correction---I have 34 seeds planted, not 36.
this is interesting. I am in Alaska and we have them all over. Mostly blue. I am trying to grow from seeds this year. Planted two flats out in the yard last fall. Just set them out in the garden to get snowed on and frozen. then planted some this spring in gallon jugs and plastic salad containers. Just found them all over the side of the yard. Huge wind caught them. I am just sick as it jumbled all the soil and seeds. I know that my poppies need to be on top of the ground to germinate.