Storing seeds for Himalayan Blue Poppy

KarenvcAugust 6, 2013


I have just harvested some seeds from my Himalayan Blue Poppy and have been reading up about how to store and grow. However I am a bit confused about something.

Quite a few sites say keep in a damp cloth for one month in the refrigerator and then transfer to growing pots. However, as these I believe are normally grown in early spring I need to store the seeds until then.

Another site says store in the refrigerator over winter however, if I am storing them all through winter do I keep them dry in the fridge? And then wrap them in damp cloth for a month prior to growing?

Any advice much appreciated!

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I just let the seeds fall or scatter them where I want them to grow. They sprout in early spring. Winter cold will take care of them. You are in the UK though, with different climate.

To store them, just let them sit out on a paper plate for a few days to dry, then seal them in a plastic baggie or a paper envelope and keep in a cool place in a glass jar till late winter and then scatter them outside. They do not transplant well. No need for the wet towel.

    Bookmark   August 7, 2013 at 8:45AM
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Thank you for the advice! I shall give it a try.

    Bookmark   August 8, 2013 at 2:28PM
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karen - I'd be inclined to sow them thinly, immediately in pots, protect the pots from mice, birds heavy rain, etc. and leave them out all winter. Plant out the entire pot to avoid transplant issues. If you have a cold frame I'd use that. I believe that sowing the seed fresh now will be more successful than saving and sowing later. If you have a lot of seed you could also try sprinkling a few in situ. I can't grow them where I am but I had this advice from a chap who runs a large garden open to the public in Devon.

You are so lucky to have the soil for the blue Meconopsis!

Here is a link that might be useful: Meconopsis

    Bookmark   August 18, 2013 at 8:06AM
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