Herbaceous peony Australia

Peonies are sometimes called 'Queen of the Flowers'. Few garden plants are surrounded with as much mystique as the peony. Herbaceous peonies are most beautiful plants, with a multitude of delicate petals wrapped into large tight flowers. They are relatively easy to grow providing you have a good cold winter. For situations where the weather is not cold enough, tree peonies are more suitable.

For Jan White peonies have become a life-long obsession. She began growing them as a means of rehabilitation from a serious illness. Paeonia lactiflora is the species that she mostly grows because the plants have good long, strong stems suitable for the cut flower market, which she supplies.

Jan grows over 50 different varieties now, having brought them in from various countries. She planted the first rootstock in 1992, when it was still a hobby. They are still flowering beautifully, but are now very large under the ground. These can be dug up and divided by cutting through the root with a sharp knife, leaving at least three or four eyes on each piece. They should be planted only two inches under the ground in very friable soil. The roots are fine and need to be able to push through it comfortably allowing enough room for the plant to grow without restriction and with plenty of air movement. The plants do not like wet feet, so automatic watering systems are not ideal, and it is preferable that they are grown in raised beds to ensure good drainage. An open space that provides good air movements will prevent any fungal problems.

Some gardeners choose a more difficult path and grow species peonies. They originate from quite a wide range of the northern hemisphere, and many of them are extremely rare. If you are going to grow them successfully, the important thing is to understand their different origins, which means that you can give them the right gardening conditions.

Barney Hutton, who is 92 years old, has been growing these plants for many years, getting seeds sent to him from all around the world. One of his sources was from a man in Geneva who founded an organization called SPIN (Species Peonies International Network), which led to an exchange of species seed, and at the time that Barney joined the society it was relatively easy to get seed into the country, though rather limited in the number of varieties available, but is still available if they are contacted. If you have fresh seed and can get it quickly, germination will be possible the following spring; otherwise they will lay dormant until the year after that. It takes a long time before they reach flowering stage, at least four or five years, and with tree peonies perhaps even longer. Paeonia officinalis has very attractive foliage and a very simple flower. The Fern leaf peony Paeonia lithophila is a small variety with very fine interesting foliage and a tiny cherry red flower, which makes it very suitable for a rockery.

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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