Peonies forum: Received a tree peony with a split crotch---does it matter?

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chicago, illinois (Zone 6a)
peonyplan
Jun 21, 2017 4:53 PM CST
I just received a tree peony in pot. The foliage is not bad but it has quite a crack at the crotch and that is the only stem with two branches. I think the crack is not small for the size of the young plant and I am not sure if it can heal itself or will cause it to lose a whole branch in the near future. Attached is a photo that shows the split crotch. Should I contact the seller and return this plant?
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Jasmin
Jun 21, 2017 8:59 PM CST
I would contact the seller and let them know what happened. It is very likely that the plant will heal, but nobody can know for sure. Therefore, I would let the seller know, just in case...
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LizinElizabeth
Jun 22, 2017 8:32 AM CST
In my garden I rarely get growth from the previous season's woody growth on newly planted tree peonies when they come back the following spring. Weird, huh? I get growth from the woody stems in subsequent years, just seem to have a harder time that first year in the ground. If you routinely see growth from existing woody parts I'd certainly do as Jasmin says and contact the seller; send pictures as well.
LizB
chicago, illinois (Zone 6a)
peonyplan
Jun 22, 2017 10:10 AM CST
Thank you Jasmin and Liz for the advice. I just sent an email with some pictures to the seller.
Toronto, Ontario (Zone 5b)
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Jasmin
Aug 29, 2017 5:54 PM CST
@Peonyplan, how is your peony doing?

Last month, the neighbor's dog manage to escape from their backyard and chased my oldest cat through the garden. Fortunately the cat climbed the tree, but it took me 2 hours to bring her down. That was my oldest cat, so she is not that fit anymore. And just when I had saved the cat and thought that everything was OK, I noticed that the dog broke my new Leda; she has got practically the same crack as yours. The only thing that I could do was to take a latex glove and tide it hoping that the leaves could get enough nutritions. The leaves are still green, so I am hoping that the poor thing will survive.
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Oberon46
Aug 29, 2017 7:14 PM CST
OH Jasmin That is awful. I would have shot the darned dog. No fence eh? Poor cat.
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Mieko2
Aug 30, 2017 4:43 PM CST
I am so sorry!! Sighing!
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chicago, illinois (Zone 6a)
peonyplan
Sep 1, 2017 8:36 AM CST
Hello @Jasmin, I have a story to tell also. Last Saturday, I moved to a new apartment. My friend drove a rental truck to help me move things. I put the potted peony besides a nightstand. The mistake I made was that I also put two packages on the nightstand. The two packages slid from there during the 15-minute short drive and the bottom one fell on my tree peony. That hit made the plant lean 15-20 degrees and the crack at crotch further split and I think there is an impact on the root too. The split is so bad this time, though the branch did not fall apart, the remaining connection is very very small. And that was the branch with less connection upon receiving.

I used multiple plastic strips to tie the two branches and bring the crack together. Several hours later that day, I saw noticeable difference with the leaves start to lose water. Then the leaves wilted more every day. Last night (5 days later), I decided the leaves will not recover and I cut them off before they become brittle. My only hope is the buds can survive, but that is not very likely. From my observations, when there is too little connection, the leaves wilt first, then the new stem will wrinkle from bottom up. The long leafstalks seem to be least affected. At the time I cut them off last night, no noticeable things happened to the them. The leafstalks were still firm.

Jasmin, so if you did not see anything bad about the leaves in 2 or 3 days, then it will not cause you that branch. However, you have to prevent that branch from future impact. It will split more easily next time. I guess your plant is doing OK, right?
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Jasmin
Sep 3, 2017 7:14 AM CST
Peonyplan, I am sorry to hear about your plant. I'll keep my fingers crossed for your plant to survive. Crossing Fingers!

LG, I believe than Leda will be OK. I will cover it well this winter, and hopefully, it will start growing next spring. Crossing Fingers!

Mary Stella, there is a fence around neighbor's property, but someone forgot to close the door. The dog got excited when she saw a cat and run into my garden. Otherwise, it is a sweet dog (rescued in Turkey and brought to Canada.) The only issue is that she is a bit of a hunter and likes to chase cats. I know that both her owner and trainer try to teach her not to do that, but... Hope they will be more careful now.



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Name: LG
Nashvillle (Zone 7a)
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Mieko2
Sep 3, 2017 8:16 AM CST
Jasmin, it's hard to believe that Fall is here! I hope you get a mild winter and all your garden comes through okay!
LG - My garden grows with love and a lot of hard work.

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