Herbaceous peonies UK

Baroness Schroeder

These adaptable, long-lived plants transplant well, and early October is the best time to tackle the job.

It's also the best time to plant new varieties. The most garden-worthy are the Paeonia lactiflora varieties.

The blooms last longer than cottage garden peonies (P. officinalis) and flower later - just ahead of the roses.

Cut back the woody stems as they fade in October and sprinkle bonemeal around plants. Feed them again in March with poultry manure.

Don't plant peonies too deep. Pot-grown peonies should be planted so the soil level in the pot matches the level in the garden.

With divisions, ensure the top of the crown (where the buds emerge below ground level), is 2in below the soil surface.

Planting too deeply causes poor flowering, so if you have a clump in a sunny spot that isn't doing well it probably needs raising. Avoid mulching in case you bury them.

New varieties can be ordered now and bare-root plants are dispatched between October and March. Plant as soon as possible in frost-free ground.

The tuberous roots need reasonable drainage. If you garden on clay, incorporate coarse grit. If your soil is thin and poor, add organic matter when planting. Single-flowered peonies tolerate more shade.


Peony farm in San Jose

2006-06-06 13:38:33 by 4peonies

If you live in the bay area, I grow over 120 varieties of herbaceous and tree peonies and they can be purchased in 5 gallon containers all year round at the farm. The roots are 2-4 years old. They can also be mail ordered if out of the bay area and shipped in the fall. Visit my web site 4irises.com and see the varieties that I grow. Visitors are always welcome and the peonies are in full bloom right now.


Peonies in pots

2006-06-06 13:30:48 by 4peonies

Peonies can very well be planted in pots but do need full sun except tree peonies that could do with part sun. Peonies can bloom in the bay area very well if planted with the top eyes at the surface level. The main reason that peonies fail to bloom is that they are planted too deeply. I grow over 120 varieties of tree and herbaceous peonies in San Jose. I sell them with at least 5 eyes in 5 gallon containers all year round. See my web site 4irises.com


Peonies from Costco?

2005-01-15 20:53:46 by greedynot

I have not been able to get herbaceous peonies to bloom. Its just not cold enough in much of the area. Where are you in the Bay Area? This is an exceptionally cold year and I am hoping again! You can try the tree peony or herbceous peonies with blooms on them in the spring. But I doubt if you can get the herbaceous ones to bloom the following year though.
Btw, its good to plant the dormant plants and allow the roots to grow before the top does. Maybe March would be a good time. But don't plant if its too wet.


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