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RE: Bonnie / Marge - tree peony

They call it a light red.  It looks like a deep pink to me.  My other TP
(which hasn't bloomed yet) is a light satin pink.

Bonnie (SW OH - zone 5) 

-----Original Message-----
From: owner-gardenchat@hort.net [mailto:owner-gardenchat@hort.net] On Behalf
Of Kitty
Sent: Thursday, May 04, 2006 8:04 PM
To: gardenchat@hort.net
Subject: Re: [CHAT] Bonnie / Marge - tree peony

Thanks again Bonnie.  I do like to have several pieces of input on a problem
like this and glean the best from all of it.  I'll tackle the tp this
weekend.  What color is your  Da Hu Hong TP ?

neIN, Zone 5
----- Original Message -----
From: "Bonnie & Bill Morgan" <wmorgan972@ameritech.net>
To: <gardenchat@hort.net>
Sent: Thursday, May 04, 2006 9:33 AM
Subject: RE: [CHAT] Bonnie / Marge - tree peony

> Yes, Kitty.  That is the pertinent portion of the text.   I'm sorry the 
> link
> didn't work better for you.  I also found this site:
> http://www.adpeonies.com/plantdir05.html  which says something similar but
> not in as much detail:
> "Suckers on Tree Peonies
>  Sucker roots might appear around your tree peony stems in spring. If they
> look different than the rest of your tree peony, they're likely herbaceous
> stems from the host root.  We've had some luck in swiftly yanking such 
> stems
> up and off the root.  If we're lucky, the stem severs just at the host 
> root
> junction. To really solve the problem, however, (and avoid this kind of
> violence to your plant) as soon as you can tell your tree peony has grown
> some of its own roots, dig it up in fall and cut off all the root below 
> the
> original graft.  Keep cutting back suckers, until you can dig the plant. 
> If
> sucker roots are left to grow for any length of time, they will diminish
> your tree peony or worse."
> There was another one I read that said to just keep pulling off the 
> suckers,
> period.  However, I think I trust the first sight I gave you the most.
> Blessings,
> Bonnie (SW OH - zone 5)  Whose Da Hu Hong TP just bloomed!!!
> -----Original Message-----
> From: owner-gardenchat@hort.net [mailto:owner-gardenchat@hort.net] On 
> Behalf
> Of Kitty
> Sent: Wednesday, May 03, 2006 7:47 PM
> To: gardenchat@hort.net
> Subject: [CHAT] Bonnie / Marge - tree peony
> Bonnie, I've been trying to use the URL you gave re TP suckers, but no 
> luck,
> so I went to the home page and found what I've pasted below.  Is this what
> you found?  Portions of it don't make sense, as if they were pasted in and
> something is missing, Like- what's with the scratching and rooting 
> hormone?
> Also, I was hoping I wouldn't have to dig up the whole shrub.  I'd hoped 
> to
> just dig down carefully and remove the suckers.  Planting 3 to 4 inches
> deeper seems drastic.  Would this be safe?  I will remove the suckers now,
> but am unsure when the best time to dig the shrub up would be.
> Here's the text:
> This is very common and potentially dangerous for your tree peony. Most 
> tree
> peonies are sold as a graft on the root of an herbaceous peony. This is
> called a nurse root and should just keep the tree peony going until the TP
> has its own roots  You can also make a slight scratch in the tp and dust
> with a rooting hormone.
> d: wait a year or two and follow #3 below
> 3.) If the TP has good roots - at least 2 or 3 roots 6 to 8 inches long, 
> you
> should locate the graft union and remove ALL of the nurse roots. Usually 
> the
> nurse roots are fairly fleshy, while the base of the TP will be woody. 
> Keep
> cutting the nurse root back until you feel the resistance of the TP. BE 
> CAREFUL that you do not remove the TP roots.
> Replant so that the TP roots are about 3-4 inches lower than before.
> Fertilize with 10-10-10 and keep well watered.
> This will remove all the nurse root suckers and allow the TP to grow 
> faster
> and stronger on its own roots.
> DO NOT try this in the spring as it will surely kill the plant, but cut 
> off
> all herbaceous peony suckers and keep well fertilized and watered.
> Kitty
> neIN, Zone 5
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