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  • KT53KT53 Posts: 8,728
    Fairygirl wrote (see)

    Not sure what I've done to antagonise you and invoke such a strange reaction aym. image

    I'll just use the ignore button now   image

    I've just come across the thread.  I would suggest that a comment like "There is a lot of nonsense talked..." isn't designed to endear the poster to people offering a different thoughts.

  • My understanding is that tree peonies are usually grafted onto herbaceous rootstock so need to be planted deeply to suppress the herbaceous rootstock and establish their own! Also normal peonies over time will make their way to the surface so flowering will happen but takes time if planted a little too deep! I'm forever waiting for my sarah Bernhardt and Francis ortegot to pop up!
  • nutcutletnutcutlet Posts: 27,354

    I can't see how that would work Rhod. There's nothing left of herbaceous paeonies in winter, nothing to graft onto.

    My tree paeonies are grown from seed but some of the fancy varieties could well be grafted onto other woody paeonies.


    In the sticks near Peterborough
  • There's some good information in the link below.  In summary you can move them but autumn is best (as mentioned by aym280) and you can use the opportunity when digging them up to divide the root and enjoy two Peonies in the new location (although also recommended in the autumn)!

  • DyersEndDyersEnd Posts: 730

    Thanks for that link Rod, I expect mine isn't thriving because the poor thing is starving.  I'll try and get some goodness dug in if I can shift the stones away.

  • mushermusher Posts: 389
    Nut have you any top tips on caring for tree peonies?. Mine just sprouting now.
  • nutcutletnutcutlet Posts: 27,354

    Interesting Rhod, I'll look into that.

    Musher, they just grow here. I don't plant them deeply, they choose their own depth when the germinate. I don't do anything except cut off dead bits and and any squashing something else.

    That RHS link says they don't flower so well in shade but I find they do, and for longer.


    In the sticks near Peterborough
  • mushermusher Posts: 389
    Thank you Nut

    I only have one but i hope to build upon that by one later in the year.I bought it from Kelways.

    Can't remember the name at the moment. Ita a rich claret colour
  • nutcutletnutcutlet Posts: 27,354

    I have a yellow that is beautiful in leaf but the others only impress when in flower or when the seedpods open, not long enough for me. I dumped a mucky yellow one, the only thing in its favour was that I grew it from seed. There's another similar on the hit list for next year. I think they're crosses between the red and the yellow and have the worst of both.

    I've got another one I grew from bought seed that started putting up a flower in January, it looks a bit sad now and may not open. Pity, I want to know what colour it is. I want a white oneimage

    In the sticks near Peterborough
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