Meconopsis x ‘Lingholm’/ Himalayan Blue Poppy (Fertile Blue Group) / Seeds

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Meconopsis x ‘Lingholm’/ Himalayan Blue Poppy (Fertile Blue Group) / Seeds

A fertile hybrid form of the Himalayan Blue Poppy with dazzling blue flowers.   Discovered in Lingholm Gardens in the 1960s, this is probably the best form of Himalayan Blue Poppy for growing in the garden, as it is easier to grow than many others.  Plants have striking big blue flowers in early to mid-summer, growing to a height of 1m – 1.5m, from a rosette of leaves.  They look best grown in groups in a neutral to acidic, damp and part-shaded situation.

Meconopsis x ‘Lingholm’ can still be tricky to grow (like all Meconopsis).  They like damp lightly shaded positions, and prefer cool summers.  They are susceptible to damping off during germination.  
 

Pack of 30 seeds.  Sow in cooler conditions, generally spring or autumn. Sowing instructions and a colour photo are printed on the packet.


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Hardiness Hardy short lived perennial (RHS Hardiness H5)
Flowers June and July
Height 1 - 1.5m flower stems
Spread 30 -50cm
Conditions  Shade to part shade and moist rich well-drained soil – cooler conditions are better for the plants
Sow

Sow in spring to autumn in moist sterilised seed compost.  Place seeds on top of the compost and do not cover with compost. Place a clear cover over the top, keep in the light (not direct sunlight) and remove the cover as soon as the seeds germinate.  Germination takes 2-4 weeks at 15-21°C, sometimes up to two months.   Spray the seed tray and seedlings with a garden fungicide to prevent damping off. Pot on when seedlings are big enough to handle and then into the garden in part shade and a moist rich well drained soil.  Seeds can be affected by damping off – using sterilised trays and compost helps to prevent this. 

Grow Keep plants well watered during dry spells.  Deadhead plants to encourage more flowers.  Tidy up plants in autumn.