The Q&A Archives: Peonies From Seed

Question: I have seeds produced by a yellow tree peony--what's the best way to start them?

Answer: Peony seeds need pre-treatment before they will germinate, and lots of patience during the process. Place the seeds in a plastic bag together with moist growing medium and refrigerate for 2-3 weeks. Then remove the seeds and sow them just on the surface of moistened seed starting mix and press them in with your hand. Cover the trays or pots with plastic wrap to help retain moisture, and put them in a warm place. The seeds will germinate in 30-365 days. Plant the seedlings outdoors in spring, after the soil has warmed up a bit. Peonies resent having their roots disturbed, so transplant carefully. Plants started from seed should bloom within three years. Good luck with your venture!

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