Peonies forum: Tree Peony - stunted growth

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Name: Vicky Thompson
Michigan (Zone 5b)
Charter ATP Member Sempervivums Roses Peonies Region: Michigan Rabbit Keeper
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Cottage_Rose
Jun 27, 2010 4:26 PM CST
I bought my first 3 tree peonies last fall.
One is very stunted.
Only a few inches tall where as the other ones
are much bigger.
Its on the east side of my house.
There is a group of Oriental Lilies in front of it that creates some shade
but i have one planted in part shade that is doing well.
I'd like to take it out (to plant soemthing else in that spot )
pot it up, then replant this fall.
Would that be okay or should I just pitch it due to its puny size?

I also have one I think is probaly in too much shade.
When is the best time/month to transplant Tree Peonies?
Any tips appreciated.
"I'd rather have roses on my table than diamonds on my neck"
Cottage Rose Birds n' Blossoms

Name: Diann
Iowa (Zone 5a)
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Ticker
Jun 27, 2010 6:28 PM CST

Moderator

Go ahead and pot up the puny one. What do you have to lose? How old is the one in the shade?

Alana
Jun 27, 2010 8:02 PM CST
Better yet what tree peony is it? There are dwarf tree peonies that only grow a fraction of an inch a year. I have one from Rick Rogers that the English translation of the name is "Shy Girl". After I planted at the depth Rick marked as the correct planting depth only three inches of stem was above the soil. It is now about 8 inches tall but that is after 5 years. I do need to move her to a more raised area but some just are short plants.

Alice Harding is one that is on the market under several names and it is maybe 18 inches tall but each year has several large flowers. However she did not bloom until the fifth year.
AH
Name: Diann
Iowa (Zone 5a)
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Ticker
Jun 27, 2010 9:31 PM CST

Moderator

You need to pay heed to Alana. She has probably forgotten more than I'll ever know. Smiling

Alana
Jun 28, 2010 3:03 PM CST
Since I am several hundred years older I probably have.

I do not want to write a book but wish someone with talent would write about the various odd ball/wierd/different peonies that are out there. Like the very short tree peonies and the ones with light green foliage. You hear about peonies with different plant structures and flowers but rarely see them. Something like this would need a lot of traveling even in this age of email, places to plant in different areas of the country, to see if the difference shows only in one area, and lots of $$$ and a very sharp mind.
AH
Name: Diann
Iowa (Zone 5a)
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Ticker
Jun 28, 2010 6:49 PM CST

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Wow, I would have never guessed your true age!!! Smiling LOL You are so well preserved!! I value your knowledge even if you aren't quite several hundred years older than me. Smiling LOL
Name: Cora
Alpharetta/Jonh's Creek, Ga. (Zone 7b)
Charter ATP Member Greenhouse Dog Lover
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CoraBarner
Jul 2, 2010 4:53 AM CST
I always admire peonies especially tree peonies but not crazy about the price at Pike's nursery though......they run around 89.99 + tax. Any suggestion how to care for them? maybe i get lucky one day and it's on sale on affordable price.

Thanks
Cora
Name: Vicky Thompson
Michigan (Zone 5b)
Charter ATP Member Sempervivums Roses Peonies Region: Michigan Rabbit Keeper
Lilies I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Farmer Cottage Gardener Enjoys or suffers cold winters Annuals
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Cottage_Rose
Jul 2, 2010 3:38 PM CST
I got some smaller affordable tree peonies roots here.
They were very nice to deal with and sent 2 free herbaceous gift peonies.
http://www.treepeonygarden.com/english/index-eng.htm
"I'd rather have roses on my table than diamonds on my neck"
Cottage Rose Birds n' Blossoms

Name: Tracey
Wisconsin (Zone 5a)
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magnolialover
Jul 2, 2010 3:40 PM CST

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I have a bunch I started from seed, cheaper even yet, as long as you have patience and can wait a few years for a bloom. But isn't it true that time flies? Smiling
Tracey

Alana
Jul 2, 2010 8:49 PM CST
When I contacted Tree Peony Gardens about updating their website I was told it would be done in July. Franklin Chow appeared to be a very knowledgeable peony person when I overheard him discussing tree peonies at a APS meeting.
AH
Name: Cora
Alpharetta/Jonh's Creek, Ga. (Zone 7b)
Charter ATP Member Greenhouse Dog Lover
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CoraBarner
Jul 4, 2010 5:03 AM CST
Cottage_Rose said:I got some smaller affordable tree peonies roots here.
They were very nice to deal with and sent 2 free herbaceous gift peonies.
http://www.treepeonygarden.com/english/index-eng.htm


How much you are asking for each tree peonies Vicky??
Name: Vicky Thompson
Michigan (Zone 5b)
Charter ATP Member Sempervivums Roses Peonies Region: Michigan Rabbit Keeper
Lilies I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Farmer Cottage Gardener Enjoys or suffers cold winters Annuals
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Cottage_Rose
Jul 4, 2010 8:26 AM CST
I don't have any for sale...I meant I purchased some from the link above at affordable prices.
"I'd rather have roses on my table than diamonds on my neck"
Cottage Rose Birds n' Blossoms

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