Peonies forum: Peonies in Florida?

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Name: Ginger
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gingin
Dec 4, 2011 2:19 PM CST
Can't remember if I've asked this here or not. Will peonies grow in north Florida? I'm in the panhandle about 30-40 miles north of Panama City. If so any suggestions on which to get? I grew up in Philadelphia and loved my Mom's peonies...in spite on the ants Blinking Can't say that I've ever seen any here, but would like to try my luck...as long as it wouldn't be a death sentence Rolling my eyes.
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Name: Jerry
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Oldgardenrose
Dec 4, 2011 8:50 PM CST
You may want to check with other gardeners in your area. Generally speaking, peonies need several weeks of frosty or freezing temperature in order to do well. Buy a cheap one and try it before investing in the more expensive ones. Plant it with the eyes level with the surface so it can feel the cold air. Deeper planting will just insulate it since the soil will not be as cold as the air where you are located.
Name: Caroline Scott
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CarolineScott
Dec 5, 2011 9:54 AM CST
Most peonies require ten weeks fo chilling in order to flower.
But there are new varieties coming out every year.
There may be some varieties which do not need as much chilling.
Perhaps the American Peony Society would have information?
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Name: Ginger
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gingin
Dec 5, 2011 12:44 PM CST
Thanks for the info Group hug
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Name: Ginger
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gingin
Dec 7, 2011 4:41 PM CST
NOT that I want a "cold time" but guess I'll just have to visit my DD to enjoy peonies...for her they bloom Shrug!
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Name: Caroline Scott
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CarolineScott
Dec 8, 2011 1:32 PM CST
Peonies are reliable bloomers and the plants last forever.
Here they are a no fuss plant as they just need some water,--
and maybe a shovel of well rotted manure in the spring.
They are a very good investment up here in temperate zones.

There must be some tropical plants which would be as good for your area?
How about Cannas?
Name: Ginger
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gingin
Dec 9, 2011 10:10 AM CST
There are...just wanted peonies 'cause I grew up with them in Philly. And lilacs Lovey dubby Mom had some beautiful double french. and pussy willows and spring blooming bulbs like crocus,snow drops,bluebells, tulips....well you get the idea Whistling Angel
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Alana
Dec 9, 2011 10:23 PM CST
Since chilling is 40F and below with the weather Florida has been having there should be no reason that lack of cold should prevent planting. Much would depend on the soil as sandy type soils tend to harbor nematodes which can cause problems and eventually kill the plant.

I would stay away from the doubles because I believe the heat will prevent them from opening. However many of the others, singles, semi-doubles, or Japanese should do ok. Bloom will not be as good as your mother's. Most are never that good.

Have your Mother send you a cheapy root, which should be arriving at the box, or wally world shortly and as stated above plant shallowly with eyes above soil. Add a bag of the cheap compost 40 pound bags before planting would be nice.
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Name: Ginger
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gingin
Dec 10, 2011 12:49 PM CST
Thanks Alana. I'll check stores when I go to town again. One from my Mom would be a "gift from heaven". Angel
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Name: Anna
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canadanna
Dec 11, 2011 5:31 PM CST
I know peony grow here in 8a, the same zone as you.I have heard that they thrive on neglect and probably enjoy partshade.. I also had them when I lived up north(Canada).
Name: Zuzu
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zuzu
Dec 13, 2011 6:43 AM CST

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Ginger, I grow peonies in zone 9. I just empty the ice cube tray onto the soil above them a few times during the winter if I don't get enough frost. And peony trees grow and bloom here even without the aid of ice cubes.
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Paul2032
Dec 13, 2011 8:32 AM CST
Ice cubes on peonies ....now there's a dedicated gardener. Big Grin Big Grin Big Grin 12 degrees here this morning so things which need a good chill are getting it. Here we covet all the lovely tropicals that can be grown in warmer climates. I would really miss lilacs if I couldn't grow them, and peonies, tulips, daffs..and then bearded iris and hosta do better with a winter dormancy. It's always fun to grow something that is not supposed to prosper in our area.
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Name: Ginger
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gingin
Dec 13, 2011 9:34 AM CST
Ice cubes...hmmmm...interesting idea
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SongofJoy
Dec 14, 2011 5:09 AM CST
It works. I used to do that out in CA. Don't need to here in TN. Thumbs up
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