Peonies forum: Advice for planting in SoCal

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La Jolla, CA (Zone 10a)
kimpeito
Sep 6, 2016 2:48 PM CST
Would like any advice about planting peonies in San Diego. Any specific peonies that would have better success, especially in a container? Quick google search says it is possible?

Thanks,
Kim
Name: Tracey
Wisconsin (Zone 5a)
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magnolialover
Sep 6, 2016 4:10 PM CST

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I have no experience with zone 10, but I have not heard of peony success in So. Cal. They need many winter chill hours for successful bloom. I did find this as a source that might help you.
http://www.ilovepeonies.com/Peonies_in_Other_Climate.html
Tracey
La Jolla, CA (Zone 10a)
kimpeito
Sep 6, 2016 4:49 PM CST
[quote="magnolialover"]I have no experience with zone 10, but I have not heard of peony success in So. Cal. They need many winter chill hours for successful bloom. I did find this as a source that might help you.
]http://www.ilovepeonies.com/Peonies_in_Other_Climate.html[/q...

Thanks for the link. looks promising, I just might give it a try.

Name: Liz Best
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LizinElizabeth
Sep 6, 2016 8:44 PM CST
There is a gardener in the peony forum on GardenWeb (now Houzz) that is in CA, think he's a zone 9, though. He primarily grows Itohs and tree peonies. There's also an article by Don Hollingsworth in the APS archives about forcing dormancy in peonies grown in warmer climates, he claims people have had luck with cutting them back severely during the coolest time of the year just like we do when they die back naturally in the cooler areas.
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graycrna4u
Sep 10, 2016 6:59 PM CST
Saw this on Gardenweb. Paeonia cambessedesii, or Majorcam Peony. Annie's Annuals & Perennials. Good luck.

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