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Feb 7, 2010 6:18 PM CST
|Love the fernleaf peonies!|
I have the single red, double red, and a deep pink one too~
I will have some of the single red to trade in spring and will post something at the plant trading forum...
Feb 7, 2010 6:20 PM CST
|Here's the deep pink....I moved it in fall since it was not getting enough sun. I'll cry if it doesn't come back |
Feb 8, 2010 1:26 PM CST
|Oh Seedsower, I'm with you on fernies! They are really cool peonies. Unfortunately, I learned somethings about them after I lost my big huge double red. 1. They don't like to be crowded. 2. They like their feet to be dry. I think I lost mine because of both of the above problem. Needless to say, I've replaced them, but it will be a long time before the new ones ever achieve the stature of my 10 year old bush. So, I will just have to live vicariously through yours. Thanks for posting them!|
Feb 19, 2010 10:58 AM CST
|I just love those fernleaf ones, too. And I have none. I'll have to fix that!|
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Feb 19, 2010 2:35 PM CST
|Oooh, we could use a picture of the pink one.|
Mar 4, 2010 10:54 PM CST
|I bought one from the peony co-op last year. I'm anxious to see them all bloom this spring. Hopefully flower.|
Apr 11, 2010 2:58 PM CST
|Here is my Merry Mayshine - I believe it's red. Want a pink one too.|
Apr 11, 2010 6:29 PM CST
|Very nice, Lili. :)|
Apr 12, 2010 8:30 AM CST
|Just look at those fat little buds! Can hardly wait for the bloom ;)|
Apr 12, 2010 12:25 PM CST
|I know. I am so excited and can not wait for them to bloom. |
Do any of you know of some pink fern-leaf peonies name?
Apr 15, 2010 2:37 PM CST
|My Early Scout from HS last fall. Has anyone noticed the single fernies and hybrids closing their blossom much like a tulip when they are not in sunlight both in the morning and late afternoon? Mine are in about 40% partial shade and 60% direct hot sun.|
Apr 15, 2010 2:46 PM CST
|Unknown single FL hybrid--not the species single red.|
Apr 15, 2010 2:51 PM CST
|Heirloom double red FL passed down from at least 50 years old. New division from last fall. The single above was also a division from last fall.|
Apr 15, 2010 3:04 PM CST
|Yay! The return of the Fernies!!! I just picked up two last Tuesday. These were ones that I had planned on getting last fall and just didn't get down to get. OGR, I've been told these have the potato tuber type roots. You say they should be planted in well draining loam??|
Apr 15, 2010 5:35 PM CST
|If it has the 'potato tuber' type roots held together by either thin roots or string-like attachments, it is most likely a scarce species double as my original red double was.|
All I have read about the fernies, and mine have always done very well to prove it, they must be planted in well drained soil in full sun, if possible. My permanent beds are 8 inches deep filled with a mix ratio of about 3 bags of "pure humus", a bag of very sandy potting soil and the equivalent of a 1 cu ft bag of "hardwood fines" which are the screenings of hardwood bark mulch. The latter is probably 75% rotted. I toss into the mix wheel barrow a shovel full of peat moss for acid balance. These are raised beds so the roots are not subjected to soaking in wet clay.
The other tip is do not water the fernies after they go dormant with dead tops. They will rot if left in soaked soil. I think most of them come from very cold, dry winter climates and do not need water.
I like to sprinkle some Miracle Grow wettable fertilizer in the dry power form in the bottom third of the planting hole deep enough to where the new roots do not touch it but as the roots grow, they can find it easily. Then, after planting the eyes no more than an inch deep or even level with the surface, mix up a watering can with about a tablespoon per two gallons of water and water them in until the soil is soaked. After that, Mother Nature will normally furnish all the water they need.
Apr 15, 2010 7:50 PM CST
|Fernies do close up on warm afternoons but they also close even tighter at sunset then reopen in the morning.|
Apr 15, 2010 7:58 PM CST
|I will put them where they will be well drained. It's in what was my horse pasture and so the dirt is quite rich in there. We'll see how they do. |
So, they close up at night, eh? Cool. I'll have to look for that.
Apr 16, 2010 6:30 AM CST
|Yes, cool info about them closing up. Ticker you are lucky to get those two new fernies. Were they at your local nursery?|
Apr 16, 2010 4:07 PM CST
|No, they were from a friend that propogates them. She is an amazing woman. I don't have half her energy!|