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I tried the blue poppy last year, both indoors and wintersown. The indoors ones germinated, but died. One sole sprout grew from the wintersown container, but spent the whole summer as the tiniest little seedling, and finally just expired.
I had no idea how difficult the blue poppy would be. I got it in a seed mix from Parks called Rare and Unusual. I never stopped to consider WHY those plants were rare. I just thought they were cool! I had a pretty poor track record with almost all of them. :( Live and learn!
Thanks, everyone for your kind words and comments. Unfortunately, I didn't get any Meconopsis seeds to germinate. If they had germinated, I would have been scrambling to try to provide the proper growing conditions, only to have the plants fry in Iowa's hot summers!
The Pacific Northwest is really the only place where Meconopsis will thrive in the U.S. They thrive best where it is cool and moist, so they also do well in Scotland, Ireland, coastal British Columbia, Alaska and the north of Norway. I'm guessing that even though you're in Zone 6a in Massachusetts, perry, the summers will be too warm and the plants won't get enough consistent moisture during the growing season. Best--Larry☼