Himalayan Blue Poppy
Growing the Himalayan Blue Poppy
The Himalayan blue poppy is a truly beautiful flower. It has the typical construction of the average poppy flower with the addition of a striking shade of blue. This is the perfect plant for anyone looking to add a touch of vibrancy and cheerfulness to their garden. The best part about growing the Himalayan blue poppy plant is that it really is a treat to grow as long as you know what you’re doing!
Know Before You Grow
The Himalayan poppy originates from the hilly areas of Tibet where the air is cool, moist, and shady. In order to grow this plant in your own garden, you are going to have to learn to mimic these variables. If you haven’t got a lot of shady areas available around your garden, you might want to consider putting together a small structure to provide the shade. Use your imagination to create something that will really compliment the whimsical appearance of this poppy plant.
Selecting and Preparing a Location
As mentioned earlier, you are going to need to find a place that offers partial shade for your poppy plants. The soil there should also be well-drained. This means that it does not contain any nearby dips which might allow water to pool around the flowers. This can cause your plants to rot. The soil should also be fairly fertile. If you are worried that your existing soil is on the dry or malnourished side, you can always purchase a bit of compost, fertilizer, or plant food. To treat the area, dig about four inches down into the future site of the plants. Mix a bit of compost or plant food into the soil, and then replace it into the flower bed. This should be done a few weeks before putting the flowers in the ground. This will allow the soil to gather the nutrients and settle before the poppy’s roots even go into the ground.
Planting the Flowers
Poppy planting should be done in the early spring. The easiest way to plant them is actually from an existing plant rather than seed. This can be done by splitting up an existing cluster of flowers (be sure to include the roots!) or by purchasing some in containers from your local garden nursery. The size of the hole that you dig for the poppies should be at least double the size of the roots of the plant. This will ensure that the soil is a little loose as the roots attempt to spread and settle. Solid or compacted soil can be difficult for the roots to push through and could end up hindering the growth of the poppies.
Once the hole has been dug, replace about half of the soil into the ground. Water the soil just a bit and fluff it with a gardening spade or fork to ensure that the water is well incorporated throughout the soil. Place the roots into the ground and fill the hole with the remaining soil. Try to pack the soil a little as you back-fill the dirt; the soil should be loose enough that the roots can expand but firm enough that the flowers cannot move or shift. If you are planting a few poppy plants, space them about a foot apart from each other. Finish up by watering the top of the soil. If you are worried that the temperature may be a little to chilly or too warm, you can place a bit of mulch around the flowers to keep the moisture in and protect from frost.
Expect your poppies to bloom in the early summer. A thriving cluster of the Himalayan blue poppy should have a bloom period that lasts into the autumn season, which can be a nice lingering reminder of summer as the season begins to turn cool.