Peonies forum: Growing Peonies from Seeds

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Name: Karen
Southeast PA (Zone 6b)
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kousa
Oct 27, 2014 1:44 PM CST
Hi. I attended a lecture yesterday about growing peonies from seeds. The lecturer was Bob Johnson who is a peony hybridizer and is currently working in conjunction with Adelman peonies. Anyone interested in obtaining the literature that Bob provided at the lecture, please email me and I will send you the scanned copies of the material. It is very interesting and informative!

As a bonus at the lecture, Bob gave out some peony seeds for us to try. I got a few that I am really excited about. I got 5 seeds from a cross of Tenufolia Plena and Tenufolia Rosea, 2 seeds from Molly the Witch specie, and 5 seeds from the Peregrine Specie. I also got some tree peony seeds and seeds from another hybridizer seedlings.

Karen
Name: Liz Best
Elizabeth Colorado (Zone 4b)
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LizinElizabeth
Oct 27, 2014 7:30 PM CST
I'm interested in reading it Kousa. your seeds sound exciting!
Liz
Name: Karen
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kousa
Oct 30, 2014 8:10 AM CST
I sent you the file, Liz. I am hopeful to be able to grow these species seeds successfully and get to see them flowered. The seed seminar was great but the reality is that it takes at least 5 years before the plant is established and form flowers.
Name: Liz Best
Elizabeth Colorado (Zone 4b)
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LizinElizabeth
Oct 30, 2014 7:18 PM CST
Planting from seed is definitely an investment in time, huh? But you'll have something that is unique to just your garden unless you decided to divide it. I think it's worth the time. Thanks for forwarding it!
Liz
Name: Caroline Scott
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CarolineScott
Nov 2, 2014 8:51 AM CST
Yes, thank you!
Now, I know what I am doing wrong.
I need to arrange for a warmer place, and then just chill them....not freeze them.
Name: Daniel Erdy
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ediblelandscapingsc
Jun 8, 2015 3:40 PM CST
Karen can you please send me the file as well?
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graycrna4u
Jun 8, 2015 4:54 PM CST
I would love to have the files. Peonies are my passion. Thanks.
Name: Karen
Southeast PA (Zone 6b)
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kousa
Jun 8, 2015 5:46 PM CST
It is a PDF file. I will need your email address to send it as an attachment, Bob Johnson's technique for growing peony from seeds in the shortest amount of time. If you want to do it simply, you can just plant the seeds in your garden in early summer and they should sprout the following spring if the seeds are good.
Name: Liz Best
Elizabeth Colorado (Zone 4b)
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LizinElizabeth
Jun 8, 2015 9:21 PM CST
That's what I did! I cut the bottom out of several 3 gallon pots and planted them in a shady garden bed where I've had volunteer peony seedlings before. Put the seeds out mid-summer and several came up this spring. It'll be another 5 or 6 years before I know if I'll get anything pretty out of it, though.
Liz
Name: Tracey
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magnolialover
Jun 10, 2015 5:22 PM CST

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Indeed it is an investment in time. I started tree peonies from seed four winters ago and thought they may bloom this year, but they didn't yet. Hopefully by next year. The plants look nice and sturdy, just no blossom yet.
Tracey
Name: Daniel Erdy
Catawba SC (Zone 7b)
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ediblelandscapingsc
Jun 10, 2015 6:01 PM CST
ediblelandscaping.sc@gmail.com Thanks Karen
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