Peonies forum: Transplanting FLP

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Name: Jerry
Salem, IL
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Oldgardenrose
May 26, 2012 9:47 AM CST
I had mentioned before of the best way to dig a fern leaf by using nozzled water. The roots are usually delicate and cannot be handled as one would handle the standard peonies. This example was dug today due to being in an unfavorable location and I wanted to see how it had developed. First pic is from 7-8-2010 the year after it was planted from a sliver root with one eye in 2009. The other two are as it is today. A prime example of the slow process required to bring them to blooming size or saleable size for marketing. One of the reasons they are scarce and expensive.
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Name: Polly Kinsman
Hannibal, NY (Zone 6a)

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PollyK
May 26, 2012 4:51 PM CST
Well, I won't be so embarrassed to tell you mine is very little, but doing fine, then, LOL. I was thinking I was doing something wrong.

Thank you for the example.
Name: Jerry
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Oldgardenrose
May 26, 2012 6:34 PM CST
Polly, if it has green leaves it should survive. Remember, do not water it after the leaves turn brown. They are native to harsh environments and do not like a lot of water.
Name: Tracey
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magnolialover
May 28, 2012 6:11 PM CST

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Great tips, OGR.
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Name: Brian
Ontario Canada (Zone 5b)
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bearsearch
May 28, 2012 8:36 PM CST
Looking at the root system on your FLP makes me wonder just what is it that I have as the roots on mine bear no resemblance to your picture. My FLP has what I can only call stolons that spread out with the branches spreading out about 1.5 feet from one side to the other. It is also growing fairly quickly for a FLP. I don't have a picture of it or I would post it but the foliage is finely divided like in your photo and it has very early single deep red blooms. The main difference is only one branch rises from the ends of these strange stoloniferous roots. Any ideas? Genetic mutations from the gardens around Chernobyl? A GMO with octopus genes spliced in? Rolling on the floor laughing
Name: Jerry
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Oldgardenrose
May 29, 2012 4:08 AM CST
My best info indicates you have the true species P.tenuifolia which has the stolons instead of root mass as my pic indicates. My pic is of a double red of uncertain origin. It should be P.tenuifolia Rubra Flore (or Flora) Plena. I have a true species double red on order from Hidden Springs Flower Farm for comparison but may take a couple of years to bloom. My species single has the longer stolons with eyes at the end just like your's. Treasure your FLP because they are scarce.
Name: Brian
Ontario Canada (Zone 5b)
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bearsearch
May 29, 2012 4:16 AM CST
Hey now that would be a miracle! If it is the true species P. tenuifolia that would make it the first correctly labelled species plant I've ever purchased from the nursery I got it at. nodding
Name: Jerry
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Oldgardenrose
Jul 30, 2012 1:58 PM CST
Decided today would be a good time to transplant one of my double fernies. It is only 93 and some cloud cover so this may be the coolest day for awhile. Dug it by flushing the roots with water and was able to remove it with no broken tubers. First pic is the bottom of the root system.Thumb of 2012-07-30/Oldgardenrose/edbde2


Notice there are several eyes but I did not want to try to divide it since I have 2 others with a species double coming this fall.Thumb of 2012-07-30/Oldgardenrose/073ef9

Notice the eyes are not firmly anchored to the crown so do not try to pull it by the stems. I hose out the soil and put my hand underneath the tubers and lift gently.
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Next 2 are of a couple of singles which were too close to the surface. I hosed some of the loose soil away to check for eyes then covered them with some high quality MG potting soil.
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Name: Tracey
Wisconsin (Zone 5a)
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magnolialover
Jul 30, 2012 10:08 PM CST

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Nice photos. What a healthy specimen you have there.
Tracey
Name: Polly Kinsman
Hannibal, NY (Zone 6a)

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PollyK
Jul 31, 2012 7:45 PM CST
Mine is looking good, I'm hoping for flowers next year. Thanks again!

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