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propagating perennials: Paeonia-Peony
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Tuesday, July 14, 2009


Propagating Paeonia or Peony can be difficult because the crown or eyes are almost woody and brittle like so a person needs a sharp instrument to cut the crown in the fall. Transplanting the eye should be planted no deeper then two inches otherwise it will not bloom. It is a native to China and as many know they come in single and double blooms which are fragrant and the plant itself is deer resistant. It is deciduous and upwards of 1500 varieties and for those who are interested there is the American Peony Society. Peony’s bloom late spring to early summer and come in colors ranging from white, pink, red, yellow and orange, there are no blue varieties and plants can reach upwards of 5'. They need to be planted in full sun but are not drought resistant and the dead leaves need to be cleaned up in the fall to prevent disease.

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