The Q&A Archives: Hwaii Plants

Question: Is there a variety of peony that will grow and flower in Hawaii? We live at 1000 foot elevation not on the ocean.

Answer: It will be a challenge, but you may be able to grow peonies. Peonies thrive where winters are cold. In the South, and other warm regions, peonies may not get cold enough in the winter to bloom well. In addition, the early-arriving heat and humidity shorten the flowering season and will promote diseases of the flowers and foliage. Success with peonies in these warm regions depends upon choosing varieties that perform well in your region. Early-blooming or mid-season-blooming varieties perform better than late-blooming ones, and single- or Japanese-flower forms perform better than semi-double or doubles. Some newer varieties recommended for warmer areas include "Miss America," "Do Tell," "Coral Charm" and "Abalone Pearl."

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