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Re: early arrivals - tree peonies

> WOW!  Already sprouting?
Yeah, that can happen with bareroot storage, I suppose.  Like when I store
Dahlia tubers in my garage, if it's been a warm winter or early spring,
they'll begin to sprout too early because the temperature is not controlled
to their storage requirement.  I would expect that Netherland Bulb stored
these at the appropriate bareroot temp, but they broke dormancy for some
reason, whether planned or not.

I'd like these to get a good root system on them before we try to sell them,
so I'm not sure I'd want them putting energy into blooms this spring -
perhaps they should be removed if they do?  Any thoughts on that?


----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Bonnie & Bill Morgan" <wmorgan972@ameritech.net>
To: <gardenchat@hort.net>
Sent: Sunday, February 08, 2004 10:44 AM
Subject: RE: [CHAT] early arrivals - tree peonies

> WOW!  Already sprouting?  I'd be inclined to pot them up for an early
> A transplant later in spring would give them time then to "settle-in"
> their next dormant period.  My little tree peony doesn't start to bud
> mid to late spring when temperatures start to be more even.  I'm not sure
> what they'd do in the garage.  Mine do bloom in mid-to-late spring if I
> remember right.  They should be quite beautiful for your sale if you pot
> them up and leave them indoors!  They might even be blooming.
> However, I only have one tree peony, so I hope other's have pitched in
> more tried and true experience.
> Blessings,
> Bonnie (SW OH - zone 5)
> -----Original Message-----
> From: owner-gardenchat@hort.net [mailto:owner-gardenchat@hort.net] On
> Of Kitty
> Sent: Saturday, February 07, 2004 12:00 PM
> To: gardenchat@hort.net
> Subject: [CHAT] early arrivals - tree peonies
> 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
> 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
> bad idea.  Is it possible they'd develop enough by mid-June to sell them?
> Any other thoughts?
> Kitty
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