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Re: peony people

I just saw a species peony offered by Heronswood - a six foot yellow one.
neIN, Z5
----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Zemuly Sanders" <zsanders@midsouth.rr.com>
To: <gardenchat@hort.net>
Sent: Friday, February 18, 2005 9:20 AM
Subject: Re: [CHAT] peony people

> I know there are people on this list who know way more than I do, but I do
> grow Sarah Bernhardt in what used to be full sun but is now mostly sun.
> does beautifully though we usually get a severe downpour about the time
> flowers are at their peak.  Haven't tried the other cultivar, but I have
> several peonies in full sun.  I don't take any special care of them, and
> they all bloom.  The foliage does get ratty looking in the fall, and
> sometimes I remember to cut it off before it goes completely brown.
> zem
> zone 7
> West TN
> ----- Original Message ----- 
> From: "A A HODGES" <hodgesaa@earthlink.net>
> To: "gardenchat" <gardenchat@hort.net>
> Sent: Thursday, February 17, 2005 9:21 PM
> Subject: [CHAT] peony people
> > Alright all, I need some advice. I have read that we can grow peonies
> > down here as long as they are the early flowering variety. Felder
> > Rushing did an article and suggested Festiva Maxima and Sarah Bernhardt
> > for us. A week or so ago I happened to be in Lowe's garden shop, imagine
> > that, and they had those two peonies for sale in bare root form. Maybe
> > this means Lowe's is actually starting to try and sell things that will
> > grow in our area.
> >
> >
> > Anyway, because the package said (and I've read it from you guys) that
> > peonies need to be planted with the red buds at least 1-2 inches below
> > the soil I did that in containers to get them started. Now they have big
> > green shoots and leaves coming up from the soil. When I plant them
> > outside, 1. Should I probably give them partial shade in our climate?
> > and 2. Do I now plant them at soil level since I started them in
> > containers with those buds or eyes or whatever 2 inches below the soil?
> > 3. What type of fertilizer do they like? Am I missing any questions?
> >
> >
> > I assume well drained, fertile soil and well watered but not wet. I can
> > look all this up of course but I trust you guys more.
> >
> > Also, if I remember correctly, the article by Rushing said to defoliate
> > them in the fall so they would go dormant when they're supposed to. Does
> > that mean just defoliate or cut them back?
> >
> >
> > A
> >
> >
> >
> > Andrea H
> > hodgesaa@earthlink.net
> > EarthLink Revolves Around You.
> >
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