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Plantidote of the Day 2012-05-24

Kathryn's picture

Peony?

I think this is a single blossom Peony. The blooms are dinner plate sized, and just float in the wind, very beautiful. Here's a pic of a partially opened flower:


Peony?

...and the plant itself:

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jerztomato's picture
Submitted by jerztomato on

How tall is the plant? Looks like you didn't need a peony ring. Just purchased 3 "mystery" peonies at a garden club sale (I figured they had to be interesting as they were donations from a nursery that specialized in peonies and irises)

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Submitted by Kathryn on

...about three foot high. We had lots of peony bushes when i was growing up and they all needed supports. They were double bloom hot pink -- but always crawling with big black ants. Here in NJ they grow kind of slow. I've not had to divide them like I do daylillies and hostas, but I do plant the bulbs in the fall.

On the flip side of planting bulbs, I planted lilies and liatris late this spring and they have come up nicely.

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Submitted by jerztomato on

You can grow them (herbacous) in z.3-8 Tree peonies are hardy z. 4-8. You probably didn't see them at a plant sale because they really should be transplanted the fall, not now. I have divided them in the spring and they survive, but they don't like it and are maligerers. Eventually, they recover.

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Submitted by jerztomato on

They are somewhat slow growers. As a matter of fact peonies resent being moved. Sometimes it takes a few years to get them to bloom again, but they will. They are heavy feeders, so if you fertilize them they will respond.

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Submitted by NWLuna on

even after decades. They are very hardy.

IMNSHO, go ahead and plant 'em in spring if you've bought them in spring. Better than keeping them in their itty containers through a hot summer. Plus they get a chance to get established before fall. They will sulk a bit regardless of when they get planted.

Beautiful plant! I like the singles better than the petaliforous doubles & triples. If it rains a lot (like where I live) even the singles need staking.

And jerz, thanks for the reminder about feeding them.