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Re: peony seed?


Hello Kitty,
    I see quite a bit of peony seed here as I grow mostly the anemone,
single and Japanese type blooms. Also the tree peony in those styles. Few of
the fully doubles, so they can all be pollinated and produce if one does not
cut the old flowers off. I have seedlings in between my mature plants that I
leave for some time and dig and pot. Mostly they bloom as a single in shell
pink.
    Seeds remind me of coffee beans. Will be rich tan, light to dark brown.
Best if not allowed to dry out and sown now. Will germinate next spring.
They need warm, cold, warm. Time to bloom requires patience... about 4 to 5
years.
    Gene E. Bush
Munchkin Nursery & Gardens, llc
www.munchkinnursery.com
genebush@munchkinnursery.com
Zone 6/5  Southern Indiana

----- Original Message -----
From: "Kitty" <kmrsy@comcast.net>
> I left a couple of blooms on the tree peony to form seed in case I
consider
> doing anything with it.  They've finally swolen enough to pop open, but I
> don't know what's what in there.  There are rows of tiny little crescent
> shaped seeds in there but there are also some shiny brown peas in there,
> about the size of a spanish peanut.  So what's what here?
>
> The Paeonia obovata (re Patriotic Peony) bright red seeds are similar to
> this shiny brown one and are now falling to the ground.  Is this fresh
seed
> ready for planting or does it need to be aged?  Would it then shrivel and
> need to be opened to retrieve seed?
>
> Anyone ever worked with these before?
>
> Kitty

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