Meconopsis is a plant that grows high in the mountains, but at the present time it can be grown in our latitudes. It attracts flower growers with its various forms and beautiful coloring. Meconopsis can be grown from seed at home.
Mekonopsis: photos of plants
Features of growing meconopsis from seeds
Planted seeds in boxes need in April. First of all, you should buy a special mixture for seedlings, which is sold in any flower shop. It is placed in pots or boxes, and on top lay out the sand and gravel in equal conditions. Seeds at a short distance from each other to plant in boxes, sprinkle with a thin layer of sand. It will help to further remove excess moisture from the sprouts.
In order for the first shoots to be visible after 4 weeks, you need to perform regular watering of the plants. At this time, send the pots to a cool place for 3 weeks. It should maintain a temperature of 8 to 23 degrees, so that imitation of the Himalayan spring will be.
When the sprouts reach a length of 6 cm, you can not worry about the bitter cold and start preparing the soil in the country or in the garden. All varieties of myconopsis like fertilized soil, so it is recommended to add any organic matter to it so that plants can feed on them throughout the summer. In addition, on the Himalayan slopes, the ground has good drainage, so a small amount of gravel should be added to the seedling hole.
Meconopsis, the cultivation and care of which is possible only for experienced gardeners, should be planted only on the east side, so that in the morning time not too scorching sun could fall on the flowers. This is very important, otherwise fragile flowers may just burn out. Not bad when tall trees or other natural obstacles grow near meconopsis. They will protect it from wind and cold.
Caring for meconopsis: highlights
- The plant is preferably planted near water and shaded places in the garden. As mentioned above, to grow it in the dacha is not easy, you need to follow all the recommendations. For example, meconopsis Himalayan Poppy is quite picky, it is difficult for him to tolerate dry soil, so it needs to be regularly moistened and the ground mulched.
- It is necessary to feed the plant not only after the appearance of the first shoots, but also during the flowering period, so that the flowers are bright and lush.
- Before planting a plant, particular attention should be paid to the soil. It should include a large amount of peat, as well as fertilizer. Compost, manure and tree bark will do.
- Some growers decide to save the meconus as a perennial plant. To do this, remove the seed boxes before they mature. In addition, it is necessary throughout the summer to carefully monitor watering so that the Himalayan poppy does not die immediately after the lush flowering.
- Mekonopsis perfectly harmonizes in the garden with meadow herbs, undersized plants, ferns, and hydrangeas.
- In autumn, old plants can be propagated by dividing the rhizomes.
- Seeds for planting seedlings should only be fresh and kept for a while in the cold, as dried ones will die. For them, it is necessary to carry out a rather long stratification.
In conclusion, it should be added that meconopsis will be an excellent decoration of rock garden, garden or suburban area. The main thing is to protect the plant from the bright sun and wind, fertilize it and water it in time to enjoy the blue himalayan poppies all season.