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Re: Lots of questions...need help re lilies & peonies especially...


Ceres,
Many plants are resilient and will still respond to any opportunity to grow.
Peonies are like that.  Since I have learned mainly from books, not having
grown up with gardening, I tend to opt for the prescribed method.  Fall is
Optimal - the best chance for success.  Since I don't have the
self-confidence one gets with growing up with plants, I'm more likely to
overdo and try for the best way.

As many have attested and I've seen it myself, peonies are tough and may
survive a spring dig.  If that's your only opportunity, you have to try.
You'll  most likely lose that season's bloom, but eventually the plant will
rebound.

As to selling potted bareroot peonies in spring at the greenhouse, this has
probably evolved because no matter how many times you tell people about fall
planting, they think of peonies in spring and ask for them.  So the
intelligent nursery owner finds a way to respond.  I'd guess that a bare
root process was developed specifically to meet the market demand.

Kitty

----- Original Message ----- 
From: <Cersgarden@aol.com>
To: <gardenchat@hort.net>
Sent: Monday, April 05, 2004 2:30 PM
Subject: Re: [CHAT] Lots of questions...need help re lilies & peonies
especially...


> In a message dated 4/5/04 4:03:23 AM, mtalt@hort.net writes:
>
> <<  If you are buying in containerized plants at your
>
> greenhouse, that may be why your customers aren't having problems
>
> with them. >>
>
> Marge, they come to us bare root and usually about the first that we
plant.
>     Ceres
>
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