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I have read quite a bit on growing peonies (herbaceous and tree type), today i decided i would take the plunge and purchase - NOT cheap ! ............ is there anyone who can give me any advice ..... do any of you grow these beautiful flowers ? ... thanks
Which have you bought? Herbaceous peonies are pretty straightforward to look after. Don't plant too deep, mulch every year and divide when necessary. I do not follow the general rule which states that you should not move once planted. Yes, its ideal not to move them, but you can get large numbers of plants by dividing every five years or so. I have had no problems using this method. As for Tree peonies, I find the most important advice is to stake early to avoid collapse.
I agree with Tom but would add that I always plant tree peonies deep, so that they are at least 6" (15cm) deeper than they were originally planted (judged by looking at the soil mark on the stem if supplied bare-rooted.)
Paeonia mlokosewitschii (Molly the Witch) ready for another season. She's totally unphased by weather. I've grown her babies from seed and hope the first crop will flower this year. Easy. She cost me 50p at a Hardy plant Society sale but it was a lot of years ago.
I have Paeonia officinalis Rubra-Plena, the deep red one, grows around three-four feet high needs to be staked well as if flowers May-June and usually when we have high winds that can knock the large flowers down.My other ones are Paeonia lutea Chromatella yellow again around three feet or a bit more and also needs staking, I only get half the flowers that I get on the Rubra and much as I love them often wonder if they are worth the space they take up.Plant them in a spot sheltered fro early sun after a frost but then they need sun the rest of the day so south and west facing is good.Plant them with the crown just clear of the soil or they may not flower, rake in some bone meal and water in well then once a year mulch with well rotted manure if you can get it or good compost, keep the mulch back off the crown, never cover that and spread it well around the plant.After flowering I dead head them leave the plant alone until spring, books will say cut back the foliage in Autumn when it dies off I found it a good frost guard for the crown so cut it back as spring arrives, a little late this year. I grew up with a bushy shrub of Rubra that was fifty years old when I was a bairn and still going strong 30n years later, I have a cutting of that plant. A position sheltered from the winds is better for them.Frank.
The tree types have had occasional die back of stems but over all they suffer neglect and don't let me down
Firstly thank you all for the advice, the ones i have puchased are definately tree peonys, they are all the same variety - Japanese double flowered type, i'am slightly confused would you recomend planting them deep or to original planting depth, i purchased the plants in pots and are covered in buds some already have leaves, thanks.
Nutcutlet - I'd totally forgotten this beautiful paeony Paeonia mlokosewitschii - it's on my wsh list - it'll be perfect in my new front garden border (if I ever get it dug). Thanks for the reminder
Agreed Dove, a beautiful flower - Paeonia mlokosewitschii
Brumbull, I have had two of them for about 4 years, a white one and a pink one, both now about 4 feet tall. I planted them to the same level as in the pot, give them some tomato type fertilizer in early Spring. You may have to stake them as they get bigger. I cut off the dead flowers but leave the leaves, as it looks quite nice just with just the leaves. Have tried to leave one flower until it grows seed pods and tried to sow the seeds, but it didn't work! Each spring cut of dead stems down to the lowest buds.
Hope this helps.
Many thanks Sue, ive bought three today - PINK; WHITE and RED, if they all grow well and flower they should look quite nice.
I agree with SSue about depth of planting but I like to let them seed. Mine crossa nd I get some interesting mixes.
I'd like a white one.
nutcutlet, thanks, yes the white looks a beauty
I have two tree poenies which I do nothing with as I didn't realise you needed to and they have been going strong in my garden for 28 years. I took them from my Dad's garden before it's sale. I'm sorry that the flowers, although beautiful, are so short lived. Used to leave the pods but, probably talking out the back if my head, found that the leaves died. Since I have cut the finished flower off, they stay green all through Summer. Do any of you remember what that is?
Summer = shining object in sky, makes you feel warmer, gardens really enjoy it, and so do we if we get any ......
Hi Brumbull, planting depth for tree peonies depends on whether they are grown on their own roots, or grafted. If in doubt, see the RHS advice, here:
Thanks Bob, they have been grafted
Some good advice from RHS site, cheers Bob
BB. If/when it ever arrives, please do not let me moan that it's too hot, as I have been known to do, often.
Heheh, Tina - I'm like that too - this Bob flourishes only in a very narrow range of temperatures!
Okay TT ........ im a sun person to be honest, so you wont hear me moaning