Alpine/Rock Gardening Questions forum: Questions about Alpines

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ImageTodd_Boland
Feb 18, 2010 7:40 PM CST
Name: Todd Boland
St. John's, Newfoundland, Cana
If you have specific questions about alpines....site conditions, soil, best selections, etc, start a thread here and hopefully someone can answer it!
CarolineScott
Feb 24, 2010 5:58 PM CST
What about Himalayan poppies and other Himalayan plants?
Is this the place to discuss such attempts?
ImageTodd_Boland
Feb 24, 2010 6:26 PM CST
Name: Todd Boland
St. John's, Newfoundland, Cana
Caroline,

Himalayan plants do not do so well in Calgary's climate...most need more moisture and don't like temp extremes. You might get away with some in the proper place with proper care but I would not do a large area in Himalayan plants. Edmonton dies a little better since they don't get the chinooks and temp extremes that Calgary can experience.
CarolineScott
Feb 25, 2010 8:41 AM CST
Oh I know the challenges of zone 3.
I try for blue poppies every year.
Have wintered two purchased plants---only one flowered.
I did not know of the monocarpic nature and it died before I took seeds.

What I was wondering is: should Himalayan poppies be another cubit or a forum under Alpine and Rock gardening? I could start a cubit if they don't really belong here?
ImageTodd_Boland
Feb 25, 2010 7:34 PM CST
Name: Todd Boland
St. John's, Newfoundland, Cana
I guess that is up to you. Most rock gardeners would consider blue poppies to be alpines and in the wild they certainly grow in alpine regions. But if you want to start a cubit for them, then go for it!
ImageLeftwood
Feb 26, 2010 8:19 PM CST
Name: Rick R.
Minneapolis, MN zone 4a
I'd prefer you stay here. There are lots of Himalayan plants that rock gardeners grow, even here in Minnesota.
CarolineScott
Feb 27, 2010 8:52 PM CST
I will stay here---I was not sure as to whether they are "Alpine" as I think that means growing above the tree line. The H. poppies seem to grow in a lower level sometimes and they are taller than the small plants usually sold as "Alpine"?

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