The Q&A Archives: Peony Seed Starting

Question: How are peony seeds started?

Answer: According to Steven Still, in his Manual of Herbaceous Ornamental Plants, peony seeds should be planted in moist potting soil indoors until they germinate and then transplanted outside for 90 days during the winter to overcome shoot dormancy. The plant will then develop normally in the spring. Peonies grown from seed are seldom true-to-type and it takes several years to see what color flowers they will have. Hope this helps!

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