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Re: early arrivals - tree peonies

Sorry, I meant mycorrhizal fungi innoculent. A good guy, at least in the subtropics. Promotes vigorous root growth and protects against damp-off and other bad guys.

On Saturday, February 7, 2004, at 03:13 PM, Kitty wrote:

I have no soil additive to prevent fungus, but I am using a professional
soilless mix. Peat, 'composted forest products', and perlite, w/wetting
agent. I've added a bit of 8 month nutricote w/minors and some alfalfa and
rock phosphate, so they'll have something to draw on when they're ready. No
halogen lights here, just fluorescents. My Persian Shield cuttings seem to
be happy with them. But I agree, they wouldn't be sufficient for these

I'm anxious and eager to see how these do. We've been wanting to grow tree
peonies for sale, but their cost took too large a chunk of the budget
because wholesale usually requires you to take such large quantities. I
ordered these from Netherland Bulb because they only required you to take 5
at $7 each. If they don't survive we aren't out much. But if they do, I
believe we could sell them for $20 each. About 10 yrs ago I ordered one
from Van Bourgondien for $10 and received just a little 5 inch root. So
when I see these with an overall length of 15 to 20 inches with new growth
sprouting, I think they're a pretty good deal.

Island Jim
Southwest Florida
Zone 10

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