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Re: peony people

Yeah, what Rich said.  And to clarify - it is not AT LEAST 1-2 inches below
soil level.  It is NO MORE THAN 1-2 inches below soil level.  Deeper and
they may not bloom.  And bear in mind that A: they could sink a bit after
planting and B: Mulch adds to depth - so if you mulch at all, it should be

neIN, Z5
----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Richard Apking" <red4@omni-tech.net>
To: <gardenchat@hort.net>
Sent: Friday, February 18, 2005 1:02 AM
Subject: RE: [CHAT] peony people

> Hi Andrea,
> About the peonies, when you put them in the ground, leave them at the same
> soil level as they were in your pots.  I'm not sure that they would need
> shade, but it couldn't hurt when the temps get above 90.  They like a
> balanced fertilizer, if you feel you have to fertilize them.  I've had the
> same plants for the past 13 years and have never fertilized them, except
> the spill-over from my annual fertilizing of what I laughingly call grass.
> Actually they are a very trouble free and "no coddling" type of plant.
> this helps.
> -----Original Message-----
> From: owner-gardenchat@hort.net [mailto:owner-gardenchat@hort.net]On
> Behalf Of A A HODGES
> Sent: Thursday, February 17, 2005 7:22 PM
> To: gardenchat
> Subject: [CHAT] peony people
> Alright all, I need some advice. I have read that we can grow peonies
> down here as long as they are the early flowering variety. Felder
> Rushing did an article and suggested Festiva Maxima and Sarah Bernhardt
> for us. A week or so ago I happened to be in Lowe's garden shop, imagine
> that, and they had those two peonies for sale in bare root form. Maybe
> this means Lowe's is actually starting to try and sell things that will
> grow in our area.
> Anyway, because the package said (and I've read it from you guys) that
> peonies need to be planted with the red buds at least 1-2 inches below
> the soil I did that in containers to get them started. Now they have big
> green shoots and leaves coming up from the soil. When I plant them
> outside, 1. Should I probably give them partial shade in our climate?
> and 2. Do I now plant them at soil level since I started them in
> containers with those buds or eyes or whatever 2 inches below the soil?
> 3. What type of fertilizer do they like? Am I missing any questions?
> I assume well drained, fertile soil and well watered but not wet. I can
> all this up of course but I trust you guys more.
> Also, if I remember correctly, the article by Rushing said to defoliate
> them in the fall so they would go dormant when they're supposed to. Does
> that mean just defoliate or cut them back?
> A
> Andrea H
> hodgesaa@earthlink.net
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