Peonies forum: Michigan Bulb Itoh Peonies 2017

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Name: Karen
Southeast PA (Zone 6b)
Celebrating Gardening: 2015
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kousa
Apr 12, 2017 7:25 AM CST
Hi everybody! So many of us purchased itoh peonies from MB over the years. I would love to hear and see how everybody's plants are doing this year. Please share your plants photos and observations in this thread. I bought only 2 over the years, Lollipop and Berry Garcia. As was found out last year, my Lollipop did not bloom true to name. My Berry Garcia is still small but one of the stem is showing a very small bud this year. Hurray! Hurray! I hope it makes it to bloom so I can identify whether it is the right plant or another mislabel.

Here is the growth on my Berry Garcia taken a few days ago. It was planted in spring 2015.
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Name: Anya
Fairbanks, AK (Zone 3b)
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anyagoro
Apr 12, 2017 2:36 PM CST
The foliage is beautiful! I guess the flower will be even better Lovey dubby
Name: Yan H
Westminster, MD (Zone 6b)
Garden Photography Peonies
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huang049
Apr 12, 2017 5:51 PM CST
Karen, I also brought 4 of Berry Garcias, Singing in the rains, 1 of Julia Rose, 1 of Kopper Kettle in 2015 from Michigan Bulbs, all got buds on them except Julia Rose and Kopper kettle. now I feel like kids in Christmas, can't wait to see their true identities, so exciting!!! I sure will post pictures when they bloom.
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Name: Karen
Southeast PA (Zone 6b)
Celebrating Gardening: 2015
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kousa
Apr 12, 2017 6:23 PM CST
Thanks Anya. For some reason, most itohs have reddish foliage. I think that you will find your itohs to likely have reddish foliage once they grow, Anya. I am curious what blooms for your Berry Garcia and Singin in the Rain, Yan.
Name: Gary Ray
North Carolina (Zone 7b)
graycrna4u
Apr 12, 2017 6:43 PM CST
It will be interesting. I got Yankee Doodle Dandy and Lollipop in 2014. YDD bloomed true to name last year

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Lollipop is large and has 3 buds so far. We will find out soon if it is true to name.
Name: Yan H
Westminster, MD (Zone 6b)
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huang049
Apr 12, 2017 7:40 PM CST
Gary, I too brought Yankee Doodle Dandy from Spring Hill in 2015, it had 3 buds this year, I think I am going to have a very good Itoh bloom this year, kinda make up for the damaged of my TPs.
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Name: Yan H
Westminster, MD (Zone 6b)
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huang049
Apr 18, 2017 1:36 PM CST
Here are some updates on my MB Itoh peonies. For some reason the tissue culture plants doing a lot better than the root division plant in my garden.
Singing in the Rain had 12 buds, planted in Spring 2015
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Berry Garcia had 8 buds, planted in Spring 2015
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Is Berry Garcia support have side buds?

Name: Karen
Southeast PA (Zone 6b)
Celebrating Gardening: 2015
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kousa
Apr 18, 2017 2:43 PM CST
Wow, your itoh peonies look fantastic, Yan! I am glad to see that your peonies are showing so many buds. I look forward to see their flowers opening soon.
Name: Yan H
Westminster, MD (Zone 6b)
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huang049
Apr 18, 2017 2:52 PM CST
Thank you! Karen
I'm happy with the progress too, even the peony you sold to me last Fall had 4-5 buds Hurray!
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Name: Karen
Southeast PA (Zone 6b)
Celebrating Gardening: 2015
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kousa
Apr 18, 2017 5:39 PM CST
That is wonderful, Yan! You must have excellent soil for the peonies to grow so nice. My Berry Garcia is only half your size eventhough it was planted the same time as yours.
Name: LG
Nashvillle (Zone 7a)
Peonies Hummingbirder Hostas Region: Tennessee Butterflies Garden Photography
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Mieko2
Apr 18, 2017 6:22 PM CST
Yan, your Itohs look fantastic! I can't wait to see your blooms.
LG - My garden grows with love and a lot of hard work.
Name: Yan H
Westminster, MD (Zone 6b)
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huang049
Apr 18, 2017 8:55 PM CST
Karen, I think it's depends on each plant, I have one planted in the same time but never got any bigger than the size of two years old plant.
Thanks! LG I'm excited to see the blooms too, I even got two buds on "Caroline Constabel" planted last Fall, it looks so small, I'm wondering that should I pinch the buds off or not?
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Name: LG
Nashvillle (Zone 7a)
Peonies Hummingbirder Hostas Region: Tennessee Butterflies Garden Photography
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Mieko2
Apr 19, 2017 7:34 AM CST
Yan, I don't pinch the buds off unless they are not growing along with the plant. I like to see if they bloom true to name.
Are you using any fertilizer on your Itohs?
They are look so good.
LG - My garden grows with love and a lot of hard work.
Name: Yan H
Westminster, MD (Zone 6b)
Garden Photography Peonies
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huang049
Apr 19, 2017 11:20 AM CST
LG, I just use fish fertilizer and Bayer all-in-one Rose fertilizer two times a year, one in spring one in the Fall. I might just leave one bud on to see it true to the name since the web didn't have much pics of Caroline Constabel.
Name: LG
Nashvillle (Zone 7a)
Peonies Hummingbirder Hostas Region: Tennessee Butterflies Garden Photography
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Mieko2
Apr 19, 2017 1:06 PM CST
Thank you, Yan. I will add some fish fertilizer to my routine this year.
LG - My garden grows with love and a lot of hard work.
Name: Karen
Southeast PA (Zone 6b)
Celebrating Gardening: 2015
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kousa
Apr 19, 2017 3:21 PM CST
Here are growths of the two itohs that I got from MB

Berry Garcia - has 2 buds
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Mislabeled Lollipop (pic shown in profile)
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Name: LG
Nashvillle (Zone 7a)
Peonies Hummingbirder Hostas Region: Tennessee Butterflies Garden Photography
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Mieko2
Apr 20, 2017 6:44 AM CST
Karen they are looking great!
LG - My garden grows with love and a lot of hard work.
Name: Liz Best
Elizabeth Colorado (Zone 4b)
Peonies Enjoys or suffers cold winters Winter Sowing Region: Colorado Plant and/or Seed Trader Irises
Hummingbirder Cat Lover Lilies Daylilies Dog Lover Celebrating Gardening: 2015
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LizinElizabeth
Apr 20, 2017 7:38 PM CST
They do look great! It's amazing what a difference just those couple of years made!
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Name: Karen
Southeast PA (Zone 6b)
Celebrating Gardening: 2015
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kousa
Apr 21, 2017 4:05 PM CST
Thanks, LG and Liz! Sometimes, I wish I had ordered more from MB. You just never know what you will get with MB. I think you just can't go wrong with itohs. They are so gorgeous. I have yet to get a bad looking mislabel for an itoh.
Name: Yan H
Westminster, MD (Zone 6b)
Garden Photography Peonies
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huang049
Apr 21, 2017 6:55 PM CST
Karen, I ordered total of 8 Itoh peonies from MB in Spring 2015, 2 of them won't have bloom this year, I'm kinda exciting to see what I actually got, 4 different plants but same variety will they all tune out the same? Or 4 different varieties?

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