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Re: early arrivals - tree peonies

I have no experience with tree peonies, but other bareroots have done well
for me following plan A also.  I have potted up some plants in late fall and
set them in a corner of the garage that does not get direct sun but also
isn't dark dark.  I would not leave them bareroot and I wouldn't bring them
inside (and I can't think of any other alternatives!)

It surely does sound like you got some nice plants for a very nice price - I
hope they grow for  you.

I tried the mycorrhizal fungus for the first time this past year - I am
anxious to see if I can tell any difference this year between the ones that
got some and the ones that didn't.

MD zone 6

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "james singer" <jsinger@igc.org>
To: <gardenchat@hort.net>
Sent: Saturday, February 07, 2004 3:15 PM
Subject: Re: [CHAT] 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
> > 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
> Island Jim
> Southwest Florida
> Zone 10
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