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Re: Paeonia japonica

  • To: gardenchat@hort.net
  • Subject: Re: [CHAT] Paeonia japonica
  • From: "Chapel Ridge Wal Mart National Hearing Center" 4042N15@nationalhearing.com
  • Date: Mon, 9 May 2005 10:03:15 -0600
  • References: <10397285.1115617497472.JavaMail.root@sniper4>

I also have P. obovata, another woodland peony, but with pink blooms.  It's
shoots are only up a few inches so far, but it bloomed the first year (got
them at the same time, but obovata came from Seneca while japonica came from
PDN - I think PDN gets them from Seneca, divides them and charges twice as

I posted a picture of the red, white, and blue seedpod from obovata last
year.  I tried germinating the seed in a baggie os smoist sphagnum, in and
out of refrigeration, but no luck.  They're back in the fridge again.  I was
thinking of pitching them, but if you're willing to give them 3 yrs, maybe
I'll let them sit awhile longer.

BTW - I don't really mind 'fleeting' flowers when they are this gorgeous.  I
don't have a display garden and it doesn't have much of a design.  I just
have what I like (and can afford) and the fact that each has its special
moment for me to glory in, is enough for me.

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Marge Talt" <mtalt@hort.net>
To: <gardenchat@hort.net>
Sent: Sunday, May 08, 2005 11:47 PM
Subject: Re: [CHAT] Paeonia japonica

> Isn't it a lovely child?  I got one a few years ago, too.  1st year,
> 1 stem; 1 flower - now it is putting up several stems and flowers and
> yours will prob. do this as well as time passes.  Flowers are very
> fleeting, but followed by marvelous seed pods.  One of my fav. things
> about this plant is the color of the new stems as they come up.
> Foliage also stays nice - they will go dormant if they get too dry.
> I also like that it wants woodland conditions as most 'regular'
> peonies need a lot more sun than I have to offer; have only 5 of
> those and no where else for any more:-(
> I planted the seeds mine formed around the mother plant, but so far
> have not seen anything that I could ID as a possible child - think it
> takes a couple years or something (I hope)....I have yet to have any
> success germinating peonies.    Discovered germination in two of the
> many seedpots of other things I've had sitting doing nothing for 3
> years, so sometimes it just takes time.
> Marge Talt, zone 7 Maryland
> mtalt@hort.net
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> > From: Kitty <kmrsy@comcast.net>
> >
> > I got this plant a few years ago.  The first year it just wilted
> down and
> > disappeared.  The second year it had a bud, but it never opened.
> This year
> > it has 3 buds, two opened today.  This is a woodland peony, and I
> just love
> > it.
> >
> >
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