Herbaceous peony VS tree peony

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First I have to say that the plants you received are probably growing on their own roots. Chinese tree peonies are generally not grafted. In some cases the Rock Type (Flare Peonies) will be grafted. I am not familiar with some of the cultivars that you listed but I think that Hua Hu Die(Colorful Butterfly) is a Flare Peony.

Qing Long Wo Fen Chi (Green Dragon in Pink Pond) and Lan Bao Shi (Blue Jewel Sapphire)sounds interesting. If you get bloom this spring I do hope you will share photos with us.

I can't agree that tree peonies are better than intersectionals. They are different and like comparing apples and oranges. One real advantage to intersectional peonies is the hardiness. I am fairly sure that the intersectionals will perform much better is very cold areas. Also, the leafage of one in particular, Bartzella has the best foliage of any peony that I have encountered.

I am not trying to be a salesman for intersectionals but they do seem to be nice. They are much more agressive in their growth habit and I believe that they need to be divided more often than herbaceous. If they are happy in their growing conditions they need to be divided every 2 years not 3-4 like herbaceous.

I have tried grafting of intersectional peonies. The only cultivar that I have tried this on is Garden Treasure and my success is only about 1/2 that of grafting tree peonies.

If you grow tree peonies and herbaceous peonies you should try your hand at hybridizing with the goal of developing an intersectional peony. The goal is attainable for the average gardener. I have one seedling that I continue to watch. It is a cross between Sea Shell and Reath's A-197. Since the pod parent is herbaceous you can tell from the very beginning if you have an intersectional cross, the leaves look more typical of a tree peony than a herbaceous peony whereas if the seed is a result of self pollenation the leafage will be typical of herbaceous.

I think another worthy goal would be to develop a true purple intersectional peony. I have tried to cross Miss America(a white herbaceous) with Shima Daijin (a true purple tree peony). It makes perfectly good sense that this would result in a nice purple. So far I have not gotten any seed to germinate from the cross that were intersectional. This particular cross may not be possible.


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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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