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Growing / Re: Meconopsis baileyi ex Doshog La
« Last post by JohanA on April 25, 2017, 03:43:36 PM »
Hey Peter. You got any tips for a newbie that is starting out?
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General Meconopsis Forum / Meconopsis betonicifolia
« Last post by IanScott on April 22, 2017, 08:07:17 PM »
A couple of members have been asking about the progress with Meconopsis betonicifolia, so here is an update.

Three one-year old plants have recently been put into the open garden and seem to be doing well.  The area is semi-shaded and sheltered from strong wind, with a nearby pool which should help to keep the air bouyant with moisture in summer.  Although the soil is rather heavy it was thoroughly dug last year, and given a generous addition from the compost heap in early autumn.  Hopefully this will encourage strong root growth rather than premature flowering.
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Growing / Meconopsis baileyi ex Doshog La
« Last post by Peter Kohn on April 21, 2017, 06:45:53 PM »
Just inspected the seedlings in the nursery and noticed that the seedlings of the wild collected M. baileyi appear to have grown faster than seedlings from my own plants and to have rounder true leaves. Has anyone else noticed that this strain of M. baileyi is beginning to look a little different from existing forms
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General Meconopsis Forum / Re: Meconopsis Group numbering system
« Last post by poppy girl on April 21, 2017, 11:13:27 AM »
I look forward to seeing your image when you get a chance.
The list is with Committee as there are plants listed on it not yet named by the group or have not survived. Dr Geoff Hill is compiling a new list which will then be posted on the web page once complete. Geoff is doing a talk to the Group at the October meeting on the very subject as he is The registrar for ICRA.
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General Meconopsis Forum / Re: Meconopsis Group numbering system
« Last post by Peter Kohn on April 20, 2017, 10:24:02 AM »
Many thanks for the information, Poppy Girl. Pat Murphy has given me a piece of this plant to nurture but I had forgotten its detailed antecedents. In general, my query was whether the whole list of Evelyn's is accessible to members of the group. I'll post a picture of the current state of my MG100 separately.
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General Meconopsis Forum / Re: Meconopsis Group numbering system
« Last post by poppy girl on April 17, 2017, 10:29:22 PM »
There is a difference between 'seed' numbering and actual 'plants' that have been allocated a nickname and a number. Some of these plants have not yet been assessed by the Plant Naming and assessment sub committee and not yet ratified by the Meconopsis Group. I think you may be referring to MG 100 which is a plant. The seeds have an MGS# number and the plants have an MG number.
MG100 is nicknamed M "Keillour" and it came from Keillour Castle.  It could possibly be  M x finlayorum (quintupinlinervia x integrifolia)?. This information comes from the final list of plants at The Linns in Sherrifmuir 2016. There are possibly examples of it at Branklyn garden and with  Pat Murphy.
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Identification issues / Re: Horridula?
« Last post by Blue Stu on April 16, 2017, 10:01:30 AM »
I'll post a photo when it flowers. It seems to germinate & grow easily so it suggests its not the real McCoy.

I've also got a racemosa? from the same source which is putting up a flower stem at the moment

I've just looked at the back of the label & it was from the group distribution 2015
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General Meconopsis Forum / Re: Meconopsis Group numbering system
« Last post by IanScott on April 15, 2017, 07:58:01 PM »
Meconopsis Group Seed for research purposes (MGS#100 series)

Seed from a form of a species (e.g. Meconopsis baileyi ‘Hensol Violet’) should breed true, within the range of natural variation.  However, Big Blue Poppies which, probably, are hybrids (e.g. Jimmy Bayne) tend not to breed true from seed and usually produce inferior plants.  This is why Meconopsis ‘Jimmy Bayne’ is sold as expensive clones which are slow to produce by vegetative divisions.

Until 2016 the Meconopsis Group seed exchange did not include such seed as there was the possibility that, through human error, these inferior seedlings might get passed on, misnamed as the original clone plant, which could undo years of hard work by the Meconopsis Group.  At the same time it was recognised that the seed could be important for selectively breeding a superior plant, which might be of such quality as to merit being a named clone in its own right.

Meconopsis Group Seed (MGS#) for research and hybridising purposes:

MGS#100   Seed from  M. ‘Jimmy Bayne’ (GSG)
MGS#101   Seed from  M. ‘Barney’s Blue’ (GSG?)
MGS#102   Seed from  M. ‘Willie Duncan’ (distinct)
MGS#103   Seed from  M. ‘Great Glen’ (distinct)
MGS#104   Seed from  M. ‘Harry Bush’ (FBG, but does not breed true)
MGS#105   Seed from  M. ‘Mop-head’ (FBG, but does not breed true)
MGS#106   Seed from  M. ‘Evelyn’ (FBG, but does not breed true)

If you are going to distribute such seed, it would be appreciated if you would a) only use F1 seed (i.e. seed from a correctly named clone), and b) use the above codes.  I will be quite willing to allocate further code numbers for clone seed not listed.

Ian Scott (seed exchange manager for the Meconopsis Group)

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General Meconopsis Forum / Meconopsis Group numbering system
« Last post by Peter Kohn on April 15, 2017, 05:03:15 PM »
Does anyone know how to access the numbering system used by the group ?  Would like to read more about MG100 for a start.
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General Meconopsis Forum / Re: Meconopsis balangensis
« Last post by IanScott on April 15, 2017, 11:53:27 AM »
So far three small 1-year-old plants have reappeared in the shaded trough which normally has a wire mesh over it to deter blackbirds etc.  Early days, but looks promising.
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