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    Default Anyone know anything about growing flowers?

    Yep, Poppy is going to grow poppies.
    (Actually they're not true poppies, they're Meconopsis betonicifolia...but shh!)

    I want to make sure I do this right though, and I haven't been able to find much information online about growing them. Anyone have any experience with them? Or for that matter, any pointers on growing indoor plants in general?

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    I completely lack any hint of green thumbs, so I'm no help to you. But since I actually bothered to Google the flower and found it to be one for my taste, I'm going to post a lovely picture of it for people to ogle

    Meconopsis betonicifolia


    Oh, and yeah, pointers on growing indoor plants: take care of them! That's the most important thing!

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    That's a nice picture of them. I hope mine grow to be that dark shade of blue, from what I understand the composition of the soil plays a big role in what color the blossoms are. Haha, and I will do my best to take care of them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by poppy View Post
    Haha, and I will do my best to take care of them.
    That's the spirit! Good luck with growing plants and stuff

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    A quick google says to keep it in partial shade and to keep it moist. Cut your soil with a generous amount of perlite and vermiculite to retain moisture. Fertilizing is really up to you, but for organic soil I generally go with earthworm and bat teas (or any generic indoor blend), and Fox Farm's blooming blend for the flowering stages. Seems like this variety would make a cool houseplant. Poppies are generally easy to maintain. Watering is pretty straightforward if you're consistent (I'm terrible at this). You basically need to just stick your finger under the soil a tad and check for moisture. The leaves should droop a bit when they want water.

    For indoor growing, I'm going to let you in on a secret. For plants that lack adequate window natural lighting, use compact florescent bulbs. You can string them onto extension cords w/ the bulb adapters and place them wherever you need, or get those cheap aluminum reflector discs w/ base clamps to go with each light. Traditionally you'd use the tube flourescents, but CFLs are more space efficient. And you can even get the bulbs in difference light spectrums now (bluer for growth stage, redder for bloom) for cheap. If you want your plants to grow mega fast, let them have access to light 24/7 during the growth stage. When they flower, they'll need 12 hours light and dark to initiate that cycle, which you can force if you want.

    BTW a lot of this crap is optional. I'm just offering up endless suggestions.
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    Good luck! I killed a cactus, so I am obviously no help
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    I don't know about poppies, but my general indoor gardening advice goes like this:

    -- Water infrequently. For most plants, too much watering is worse than too little watering. Some plants make it easy by getting droopy when they are thirsty, but not all. Stick your finger in the soil, and only water if it's completely dry.

    -- Most potting mixes hold too much moisture. Most plants actually prefer faster draining substrate. To get this, you can mix some extra perlite and vermiculite into your potting soil. However, be forewarned that plants in fast-draining soil need to be watered more frequently, so if you're planning a long vacation you might want to use the normal stuff.

    -- Keep it in a place it likes. If you're watering it properly, but it's turning brown and is generally unhappy, maybe it's getting too much sun. If it's pale and wan, and looks like your cousin who spends too much time on the internet, maybe it needs more light. Temperature is also a factor to consider.

    -- Repot it when it gets big. A plant that is root-bound will stop growing, and becomes very easy to kill. When you repot, you can also divide to make lots of clones from your original plant, if you like it.

    -- Growing from seed is harder, but it is cheaper and IMO more satisfying.

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    Quote Originally Posted by The Decline View Post
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    Quote Originally Posted by rhinosaur View Post
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    Hey, good info. I'll make a trip to the store and see about getting some perlite and vermiculite because all I have at the moment is some kind of super generic soil blend that hasn't given me a lot of success with other plants. I'm keeping the seeds in the fridge for a few weeks to trick them into germination, supposedly it works well with this plant. Although I am a little worried about what "earthworm and bat teas" entail...I assume an infusion of waste products...ick.


    Quote Originally Posted by EffEmDoubleyou View Post
    Good luck! I killed a cactus, so I am obviously no help
    Lol, thanks anyway

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    Quote Originally Posted by poppy View Post
    Although I am a little worried about what "earthworm and bat teas" entail...I assume an infusion of waste products...ick.
    Yeah, I hate to break it to you but that stuff is the excrement of earthworms and bats. Thankfully, waste products make the best nutrients.
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    Quote Originally Posted by poppy View Post
    Yep, Poppy is going to grow poppies.
    (Actually they're not true poppies, they're Meconopsis betonicifolia...but shh!)
    Why not Papaver Somniforum?

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