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)