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Re:Peony


 Next to English garden roses, peonies of all types are probably my favorite plants.  My first memories of gardening are intimately associated with peonies...my grandmother (and now my mother) has a set of 4 peony bushes that belonged to my greatgrandmother and are as of this writing, nearly a century old and still blooming...as a child it was my great luck to help my grandma cut the blooms on these plants to bring inside to fill vases with for the whole house.  I myself have at least a dozen plants and the 40 year landscaping plan I carry around in my head calls for adding more every year...Of course, growing peonies in Iowa is a relatively simple process...all you need to do is throw a little tiny piece of the root system that has an eye bud attached to it, bury it about 1.5 in. under the soil, and wait for it to grow.  The first year you get a small plant but the second year is splendid!  I wait until the foliage is completely dead before I cut them back to the ground for the year...my grandmother always mowed hers down...Is growing peonies in California much different?  Of course, your plants would not have the benefits of winter dormancy so that might affect them some, wouldn't you think?
Even here in Iowa, I've transplanted them as late as a mild November, but I do know they recommend you do it at least 6-8 weeks before the ground freezes so they have a chance to establish a good root system.  Since the ground probably doesn't freeze hard in California, I wouldn't think this would be a problem for you guys.  Let me know how it goes.

Melody, IA (Z 5/4)

"The most beautiful thing we can experience is the mysterious."    
--Albert Einstein --- On Thu 12/12, David Franzman  wrote:From: David Franzman [mailto: dfranzma@pacbell.net]To: gardenchat@hort.netDate: Wed, 11 Dec 2002 23:20:37 -0800Subject: [CHAT] Re:PeonyTheresa, I would love to know how your peony grows.  I've been thinking ofgetting one for some time but wondered how they would do here.Weather report says we're in for a real blow.  Expecting 6 to 10" of rain overthe weekend.  Looks like El Nino is beginning to rear it's wet head.DFTheresa- yahoo wrote:> OK- thanks.  Apparently she plants these all in pots, so I hope she'll just> hand over the pots.  Then, I can plop the whole pots-worth of soil and bulbs> in the ground and see how they do.  Thanks for the info about tulips- maybe> I just lucked out at my old house, planting them is a cool spot accidently-> I'll plan a bit more this time around.  The dry part shouldn't be any> problem here!  It will stop raining in March or April and then be done until> winter again.>> Theresa>> -----Original Message-----> From: owner-gardenchat@hort.net [mailto:owner-gardenchat@hort.net]On> Behalf Of Kitty Morrissy> Sent: Wednesday, December 11, 2002 7:55 PM> To: gardenchat@hort.net> Subject: RE: [CHAT] chilling bulbs>> Theresa,> I'd suggest trying a small test the first year your friend gives you the> used bulbs.  Don't put a lot of work into them until you have experience to> base it on.  And be sure your friend has allowed them to yellow.  People> who throw bulbs out normally would not bother letting them die back> naturally.> I'm in a totally different climate from you so I'm just basing this on> things I've read.  Not only do your bulbs need a chilling period, but they> also need an appropriate dormancy.  Tulip bulbs should not be allowed to> get too hot in the summer when they are dormant.  They don't like being> above 70 degrees for any length of time.  I don't know what your soil temp> 8 inches down is like in August.  They also like a dry dormancy.  Too much> moisture can do them in.  If I lift bulbs after they die back, say in 



july,> I place them on screens under the house where it is cool and dry until> October, then replant or give away.>> > [Original Message]> > From: Theresa- yahoo > > To: > > Date: 12/11/2002 8:26:44 PM> > Subject: RE: [CHAT] chilling bulbs> >> > Hmmmm, interesting I know alot of people who chill their bulbs in the> > fridge- but these are also people who don't expect them to bloom but one> > year and then (gasp)toss them  In fact, I found out yesterday that my> > officemate does this every year.  I made her promise to give them to me> this> > year after she's done watching them bloom!> >> > So,  I guess I'll plant them all somewhere or another- I can always move> > them again in spring after they die back I suppose.> >> > Thanks,> > Theresa> >> > -----Original Message-----> > From: owner-gardenchat@hort.net [mailto:owner-gardenchat@hort.net]On> > Behalf Of Marge Talt> > Sent: Tuesday, December 10, 2002 10:41 PM> > To: gardenchat@hort.net> > Subject: Re: [CHAT] chilling bulbs> >> >> > I may be wrong here, as I've never tried to store bulbs in a home> > fridge, but think I recall reading somewhere that this is not really> > a good thing to do.  You'd be better off potting them up and putting> > them in a place just about freezing or above for winter...or plunging> > the pots outside (best thing to do).  Then, in spring, you can just> > plant the pots out as a group of bulbs into their permanent home.> > Most spring flowering bulbs are building roots all winter and start> > growing long before they surface, so need the time to do this, which> > is why they are planted in the fall.> >> > I dug up a bunch of crocus in one of my wooden half barrels in early> > Nov. and found they had new root growth about 2" long....just stuck> > them back in the soil...but that goes to show what they're busy doing> > underground when we think it's too cold to do anything.> >> > Marge Talt, zone 7 Maryland> > mtalt@hort.net> > Editor:  Gardening in Shade> > -----------------------------------------------> > Current Article: Wild, Wond



erful Aroids Part 3 - Amorphophallus> > http://www.suite101.com/welcome.cfm/shade_gardening> > ------------------------------------------------> > Complete Index of Articles by Category and Date> > http://mtalt.hort.net/article-index.html> > ------------------------------------------------> > All Suite101.com garden topics :> > http://www.suite101.com/topics.cfm/635> >> > ----------> > > From: Theresa- yahoo > > >> > > How long can you leave bulbs in the refrigerator?  I have lost my> > mind> > > picking out bulbs from Brent and Becky's and know I'll never get> > them all> > > planted with winter- so can I leave them in the fridge until next> > spring and> > > plan them then?> > >> > > Theresa> >> > ---------------------------------------------------------------------> > To sign-off this list, send email to majordomo@hort.net with the> > message text UNSUBSCRIBE GARDENCHAT> >> > ---------------------------------------------------------------------> > To sign-off this list, send email to majordomo@hort.net with the> > message text UNSUBSCRIBE GARDENCHAT>> ---------------------------------------------------------------------> To sign-off this list, send email to majordomo@hort.net with the> message text UNSUBSCRIBE GARDENCHAT>> ---------------------------------------------------------------------> To sign-off this list, send email to majordomo@hort.net with the> message text UNSUBSCRIBE GARDENCHAT---------------------------------------------------------------------To sign-off this list, send email to majordomo@hort.net with themessage text UNSUBSCRIBE GARDENCHAT

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