peonies - Knowledgebase Question

Victorville, Ca
Question by c17p32
July 10, 2010
i have planted four peonies over the past four years. no matter what they die. i follow the tag instructions to no avail. what advise can you give me.


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Answer from NGA
July 10, 2010

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Your frustration in not being able to grow peonies is understandable - they are truly gorgeous flowers. The peony (genus Paeonia), requires a pronounced winter chill to grow and bloom. Peonies are also sensitive to having their roots disturbed once they become established in the garden. So, even if you bought peonies, planted them, and then dug them up and placed them in the refrigerator for a few months each year, they'd only sulk and refuse to perform.

You might have some luck with tree peonies (P. suffruticosa), a shrub from China that grows to about 6 feet high with yellow or salmon colored flowers, or P. lutea, which grows 3-6 feet tall with large yellow flowers. This one's from Tibet. Both of these varieties will grow and bloom without the deep chill required of their Japanese cousins.

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