Peony Seed Starting - Knowledgebase Question

Name: Mary Lefeber
Greenfield, IN
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Question by lef1981
May 19, 2000
How are peony seeds started?

Answer from NGA
May 19, 2000
According to Steven Still, in his Manual of Herbaceous Ornamental Plants, peony seeds should be planted in moist potting soil indoors until they germinate and then transplanted outside for 90 days during the winter to overcome shoot dormancy. The plant will then develop normally in the spring. Peonies grown from seed are seldom true-to-type and it takes several years to see what color flowers they will have. Hope this helps!

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