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Re: early arrivals - tree peonies


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
peonies.

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.

Kitty

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "james singer" <jsinger@igc.org>
To: <gardenchat@hort.net>
Sent: Saturday, February 07, 2004 2:13 PM
Subject: Re: [CHAT] early arrivals - tree peonies


> That's what I'd do, just keep the soil damp, not wet. If you can find
> some of that fungus stuff and mix it in the soil, that might be a good
> idea, too. Seems to me if they develop a good root system before the
> weather warms, they might indeed be salable this year. My other thought
> is that unless you're set up with those big halogen lights, must indoor
> growth on outdoor plants tends to be kinda straggly and doesn't harden
> off very well once it's outdoors.
>
> On Saturday, February 7, 2004, at 02:01 PM, Kitty wrote:
>
> > Thanks, Jim.  There are no hair roots, just the thick fleshy ones, so
> > I was
> > fearful of them being too warm and putting out new top growth before
> > the
> > roots have a chance to catch up.  But then I wasn't sure about the
> > roots in
> > such cool soil - could they rot?  I suppose I should keep the soil
> > minimally
> > moist?  Should they be given the southfacing window in the garage?
> >
> > Kitty
> > ----- Original Message -----
> > From: "james singer" <jsinger@igc.org>
> > To: <gardenchat@hort.net>
> > Sent: Saturday, February 07, 2004 1:25 PM
> > Subject: Re: [CHAT] early arrivals - tree peonies
> >
> >
> >> May I vote?
> >>
> >> I'm for choice A, pot up and leave in cool garage. Might start some
> >> root growth, which is all you want anyway.
> >>
> >>
> >> On Saturday, February 7, 2004, at 11:59 AM, Kitty wrote:
> >>
> >>> I received 5 bareroot tree peonies yesterday, a bit early for Zone 5.
> >>> I'm
> >>> trying to decide the best course of action....
> >>>
> >>> Pot up, but keep in cool garage
> >>> Pot up, bring in house to get an early start
> >>> Leave bareroot for now and pot up in April
> >>> any other suggestions?
> >>>
> >>> These plants will be for sale at MG plant sale, but I had planned to
> >>> grow
> >>> them on for a year first as I expected them to be smaller.  They have
> >>> 6 to
> >>> 10 inches of wood and have already begun to sprout.  They also have 8
> >>> to 12
> >>> inches of thick roots.  The cool garage was my initial thought, but,
> >>> since
> >>> they are already sizeable, I thought the early start indoors might
> >>> not
> >>> be a
> >>> bad idea.  Is it possible they'd develop enough by mid-June to sell
> >>> them?
> >>> Any other thoughts?
> >>>
> >>> Kitty
> >>>
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