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Blue Nepal Poppy (Meconopsis wallichii) Info
Poppies are Moon plants, and this perennial poppy from the Himalayas shows the Moon influence in its love of moisture, its juicy leaves, and its translucent flowers.  It forms a large rosette of rough leaves that can be 20 inches long in the first 2-3 years.  Then a thick stem grows up to six feet/2 m high.  The stem can have up to 30 sky blue or purplish blue flowers that open in June and July.  Once it flowers and makes seed pods, it dies, so make sure to collect the seeds from your plant.  This plant can bloom the first year, but then it is treated like an annual.  

Meconopsis rosetteHow to grow Blue Nepal Poppy: Sow in a paper towel that has been wet and wrung out. Fold seeds inside the towel and put in a baggie. Store in fridge for 4 weeks. Then gently press the seed into the surface of wet seed-growing medium--this seed requires light for germination (but no sun!). Growing temperatures should be no more than 65F/18C. Bottom water or gently mist; don't let it dry out.  Start 2-3 months before your last frost date to take advantage of the coolest part of your year. Or sow on Winter Solstice (see the Solstice Sowing page). This plant hates heat and is perennial only in climates with cool summers. As with any poppy, watch for damping off; scant sowing, good ventilation, or a sterile soil mix like vermiculite and peat help prevent that. Transplant to rich, moist soil (dig in plenty of Black Cow and some peat for acidity) and dappled shade or morning sun and afternoon shade).  Mulch well to keep soil moist.  Watch out for slugs.  Keep well fertilized and deadhead to promote more flowers.  The flowers will develop into seed-filled pods.  Divide the plants every third year. General poppy info.

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