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Himalayan Blue Poppy (Meconopsis Betonicifolia) 50+ seeds Same Day Dispatch

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Dear ebayers,

Please find for sale 50+ fresh Himalayan Blue Poppy (Meconopsis Betonicifolia) seeds, also known as Tibetan Poppy or China Blue. This is beautiful, hardy perennial and self-seeder for gardeners looking to bring something a little different to their gardens. It can also be along with the equally stunning Himalayan White Poppy that I also sell. These are great flower options for those of you who live in colder and wetter parts.

PLEASE NOTE: All orders received before 8pm (Mon-Fri) will be dispatched same day


Due to their origins at high levels,  Himalayan Poppies need almost the opposite growing conditions to other poppies that are very tolerant of long dry summers. They prefer cooler and far wetter condition - which of course makes it a good bet here in the UK, known know for its scorching summers! In fact Himalayan poppies are much easier to grower in the colder & wetter parts of the UK - I have not attempted to grow them yet here on the south coast. They like a moist rich and preferably acidic soil.

Germination Guide 
  • Sow in UK from December to April
  • "Stratify" the seeds - put in a sealed freezer bag in the salad tray of the fridge for 2 weeks before sowing
  • Use seed trays of well-draining compost - ideally a mix of  50% regular compost, 50% vermiculite (which I sell in the Accessories section of my eBay shop) 
  • Good drainage is particularly important as this seed is prone to damping off
  • Sow seeds spaced, pressing lightly into surface
  • Do not cover - seeds require light for germination
  • Place in a cold frame or sheltered spot
  • Frosts not an issue helps break seeds natural dormancy
  • Keep compost moist but not never waterlogged - use a fine rose to water so seeds not disturbed
  • Seed tray can be left outside to germinate naturally or after 6 weeks brought inside to "force" germination.
  • Either way, germination can be erratic but once seedlings 6 weeks old, pot on to individual pots.
  • After a further 6 weeks plant out into final flowering position - somewhere with rich moist soil.
TOP TIP! Don't use all your seeds in the same tray just in case rot sets in. 

Olly's General Guide to Seed Sowing!

I love sowing seeds and it runs in the family - dad, granddad and finally my great-granddad for whom the hobby helped him get over his experiences in the Great War. I still get a big kick when I see the first seedliing poking through from a new plant that I have never sown before or been successful at. However, even the most experienced gardeners draw "blanks" from time to time. Whilst I sow all the seeds that I sell so I know that they are viable, some are trickier than others and problems can arise so here are some tips to make "blanks" few and far between:

1) Dont Rush! Tempting though it is when that packet arrives in the post to simply bung the seeds in some compost!

2) Google and Youtube are your friends! Take some time so see the methods other people use to germinate the seed. 

3) Think Nature! What conditions do seeds face? For example a seed from a tropical plant will fall to the warm, wet and dark jungle floor. A seed from the mountains of Europe will fall to the floor in Autumn, then have to endure months of freezing temperatures before germinating in the spring. So as growers, what we are trying to do is to simulate the conditions that the seeds will naturally experience and there are plenty of tricks that can be done to short cut the processes somewhat.

4) Good compost pays dividends . The best investment you can make is to purchase three bags - one of potting compost, one of vermiculite and one of horticultural sand. With these three bags I can make up whatever soil type a particular seed likes (although for most seeds I find a 50/50 mix of compost and vermiculite works just fine) 

5) Rot is your enemy. The single biggest danger to seed germination is rot - either before or after "damping off" the seeds germinate. To reduce the risk, ensure you have good free draining soil mix and that it is moist but not wet. Unless the seed variety absolutely requires it I prefer NOT to cover my seeds trays with plastic bags, Whilst germination is often faster this way, it greatly increases the risk of rot. I prefer to place my seed trans inside a watertight plastic tray and water from the bottom - airflow over the surface reduces the risk.

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Buyers please note that they are responsible for any local customs duties or other taxes in their local country and should also ensure compliance with an biosecurity regulations. If you want international tracking, please message me before placing order as this can be expensive.

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