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Fall 2019

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Peony Do Tell

Back again! A Japanese-style favorite, this 1946 Auten award-winner has anemone-shaped flowers with a flouncy layer of large, 7”, pale orchid-pink guard petals filled with an explosion of rose, shell-pink and ivory petaloid segments with a bit of a yellow center glow.

Our beautiful prized display and cut flower Herbaceous Peonies have been divided and nursery-grown in the Netherlands for two years prior to export. Each rootstock has varying amounts of roots and three to five eyes for optimum flower production the first spring (some rootstocks may be trimmed of old wood to allow new root growth). Mid. (May/June.) HZ: 4-8. 32" tall and 3' wide.

Peonies are The Art & Soul of Spring™.

Planting instructions: These easy to grow, deer-resistant perennials require cold winter temperatures to initiate flower production; well-draining, loamy soil; good air circulation; abundant sunshine (never shade); spring moisture and structural support for their ever-burgeoning, flower-laden stems. (Install grow-through Peony supports after you plant them in the fall~much easier than installing them in the spring.) Herbaceous Peonies are best planted, moved or divided in October for thorough root system development and nutrient storage before the ground freezes. Peonies prefer neutral pH to slightly alkaline soil (6.0 to 7.0) although they can tolerate slightly acidic soil. Prepare the planting site by cultivating 2' wide by 1' deep holes, 3' to 4' apart. Fill each hole with 1' of good garden loam. Plant each rootstock so that the crown is just 2" below the soil level with the eyes (sprouts) pointing up. Carefully shovel in loose soil around the rootstock. Water well. After the ground freezes, mulch newly planted rootstocks with sawdust, straw or evergreen boughs. Remove the mulch first thing in the early spring before the new sprouts emerge. Mulching is not recommended in subsequent years. Although Herbaceous Peonies love copious spring showers, they are drought tolerant once established, maturing into increasingly huge, more floriferous plants over time. Each fall, cut down the stalks to within 2 inches above ground level and discard all felled cuttings (they are not good for compost). Trouble shooting:Failure to bloom is usually due to rootstock crowns planted too deeply. Failure to thrive can be caused by too much shade, poor water drainage, an overcrowded planting site or a late spring killing frost (buds may look desiccated). If the Peony crown was planted too deeply, dig up the rootball and rework the soil. Replant the rootball higher than the soil level. Water and mulch well: the crown should settle down to soil level. Double varieties may bloom as semi-doubles the first year depending on the weather, with more fully double flowers developing as the plants mature.
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