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Re: peony people

Ron, I guess I meant that the top growth had started. It didn't seem to be
suckers. I just didn't want to plant them too deep now that the foliage is
coming up. 


Andrea H
EarthLink Revolves Around You.

> [Original Message]
> From: Ronald Verow <rverow@verizon.net>
> To: <gardenchat@hort.net>
> Date: 2/19/2005 7:34:28 AM
> Subject: Re: [CHAT] peony people
> Andrea, something I need to watch with my peonies that I have had for a 
> few years is the root stock that they were grafted to still tries to 
> send shoots up from the ground early in the season & if not cut off will 
> dominate in a few years & will revert back to what the basic root stock 
> is. I noticed that you said green shoots coming from below the ground. I 
> don't know if this applies to the type of peony you have or not knowing  
> very little about any of these things.
> Ron
> A A HODGES wrote:
> >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
look 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
> >EarthLink Revolves Around You.
> >
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