Herbaceous peony varieties

Herbaceous Peonies These are the plants that most people recognise as Peonies. They have been in cultivation in the West for the best part of two thousand years and in China for much longer than that. In the medieval period thay were used for their medicinal properties, although by then only two types were in general Western cultivation, P.officinalis and P.mascula. As the modern era approached, Western paeoniaphiles began to import more varieties from China (particularly forms of P. lactiflora) and the process of cross fertilisation to generate ornamental garden plants began. In the meantime, Chinese breeders continued to produce many attractive varieties but until recently, political upheavals have tended to prevent Chinese plants reaching the West. 1851 Kelways began business in Somerset selling plants to the landed gentry. Unfortunately, following the Great War, British interest waned and most European activity migrated east. Having said that, there are now at least five specialist Peony Nurseries in the UK, selling a wide range of plants. The main herbaceous Peony breeding since the Great War has undoubtedly taken place in the USA, with an enormous number of varied and highly attractive plants being produced buy a series of distinguished plantsmen, an activity that continues almost unabated to this day. Many of their best Peonies have been exported all over the world, and there can be few Peony collections without representatives from this superabundant source. A more detailed discussion of the different types of Herbaceous Peony can be found by clicking on ‘Herbaceous Peonies’ -> ‘Lactiflora Peonies’/’Hybrid Peonies’/’Species Peonies’

ProQuest, UMI Dissertation Publishing Container production and post-harvest handling of lotus (Nelumbo) and micropropagation of herbaceous peony (Paeonia).
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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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