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RE: early arrivals - tree peonies

Kitty, the first year mine was in the ground, I had 1 blossom, but many
leaves.  Even so, it was worth it!  

In any case, I think it will depend upon the club's clientele.  Can they see
a picture without the plant having its flower open and visualize it in their
gardens?  If not, then having one in bud or bloom would most certainly be a
sales benefit.  (I'd remove all other buds.) If they are more informed folks
who can visualize from the information you provide, then I think it would be
best for the plant to have those first buds/blooms removed for energy to go
into the roots.  Since they do bloom somewhat "early" they have all summer
and fall to "settle-in" to their new soil.  They should be just fine to
withstand their first winter in their new homes.

If you let them flower, just be sure to tell the buyers that they should
remove the spent blossoms the first year so energy doesn't go into making
seeds but into getting the roots acclimated to their soil.

Jim probably has more experience than I do, but you could try it both ways.
Put some in the garage and some in light and warmth.  


-----Original Message-----
From: owner-gardenchat@hort.net [mailto:owner-gardenchat@hort.net] On Behalf
Of Kitty
Sent: Sunday, February 08, 2004 11:17 AM
To: gardenchat@hort.net
Subject: Re: [CHAT] 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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