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Species / Re: Meconopsis integrifolia
« on: June 15, 2018, 09:33:48 AM »
Meconopsis integrifolia -2nd generation seed. The “parent” plants came from seed collected on the Balang Shan, Sichuan by a Czech collector and from Björnar Olsen seed collected on Zheduoshan, Kangding, Sichuan (BO 13 -060). The plants raised from these two seed collections looked indistinguishable to me and hopefully represent the same subspecies (??).
Image taken about 1 month ago.

Hybrids / Re: M. x 'Lingholm' x M. integrifolia
« on: May 17, 2018, 08:27:01 AM »
Hi Ian, there is a ready-made alternative to tea bags. Small synthetic organza (netted nylon/polyester) fibre bags with a drawstring are used as gift bags and wedding favour bags. They are quite cheap to buy, allow good ventilation and can come in a range of sizes (7x9cm up to 25x35cm) and colours. They are also re-useable. These bags will prevent unwanted insect cross-pollination and are also useful for collecting seed from “explosive seed pods”.

Links to ebay items are ephemeral but here is a curently active link:

An ebay search of “organza gift bags” will yield many similar results.

Species / Re: Meconopsis delavayi
« on: April 12, 2018, 10:04:14 PM »
I add a small amount of ericaceous granular fertiliser to the compost and periodically feed with half-strength tomato feed once the flowers open.

General Meconopsis Forum / Re: Chinese Alpines formerly
« on: December 03, 2017, 11:12:32 PM »
I’ve ordered seed from Bjørnar for the last 3 years. Always been very happy with the quality of his seed. I bought Frit bulbs from August Wu earlier this year through the Chinesealpines online shop - the bulbs were in great condition, the delivery was prompt and my credit card account was not cleaned out!   ;)

Species / Re: Meconopsis integrifolia
« on: June 03, 2017, 09:34:06 PM »
Superb-looking plants!
I have my plants shaded -perhaps I should try full sun. Where do you garden?

Species / Meconopsis delavayi
« on: May 24, 2017, 11:57:57 PM »
Meconopsis delavayi -grown in a plunged deep clay pot in a shaded frame using a free-draining soil mix of peat/composted bark/perlite/baked moler clay granules (cat litter).

Species / Meconopsis pseudointegrifolia
« on: May 22, 2017, 03:00:54 PM »
Meconopsis pseudointegrifolia -The plants I grow under this name are second generation from wild collected seed (from one of the Czech seed collectors). My plants are taller than M.integrifolia but are more gracile and less hairy. The flowers are smaller, open and rather flat-faced coming from short stalks which arise from the leaf axils of a fairly long stem. These plants, though monocarpic do superficially look like a yellow-flowered version of M.baileyi. The winter resting bud is small and lies just below the soil surface. These plants seem to be somewhat more tolerant of winter wet than true M.integrifolia. I'm not sure of the differences between M.pseudointegrifolia and M.sulphurea and it may be that my plants are the latter. Any advice is most welcome. I grow these in a bed distant from my integriolia, with the house and garage separating them.

Species / Meconopsis integrifolia
« on: May 22, 2017, 02:43:37 PM »
Meconopsis integrifolia: A monocarpic species with large almost globular yellow flowers on long stalks arising from a short stem on what is a fairly compact plant. Youngs leaves very hairy. Overwintering crown is large, sits above the soil level and is also quite hairy. Prone to rotting with winter wet and best covered from late autumn (whilst still in green leaf).  The image below is a plant grown from Bjørnar Olsen seed collected in 2014 (germinated Spring 2015).

Species / Meconopsis punicea
« on: May 22, 2017, 10:54:34 AM »
Meconopsis punicea -first flower of the season unfurls.

Does anyone have advice on the best time to cross pollinate this species (I ask this as after flower opening I struggle to obtain good pollen and don't find the stigmas to be particularly receptive)?

Cultivars / Re: Flowering now
« on: May 15, 2017, 04:06:59 PM »
Meconopsis pseudointegrifolia -clearly very different from the integrifolia I grow which is about 2 weeks away from flowering.

Meconopsis racemosa -from Bjørnar Olsen seed.

Finally the drought of this last 4 weeks has come to an end here in West Fife.
This blue umbrella is a self-sown seedling, the probable parent plants (Mec. Lingholm) are still about a week off flowering.

Seeds and germination issues / Re: Meconopsis delavayi
« on: December 14, 2016, 03:22:42 PM »
I have a plant that produced a single flower this year. It had a good growing season and is now multi-nosed. I also have a couple of "yearlings" which again have had a good growing season.
I've probably now signed their death warrant by stating that!  ;)

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