Peonies forum: 2017 Peony Seeds

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Name: LG
Nashvillle (Zone 7a)
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Mieko2
Jul 21, 2017 8:33 AM CST
I harvested my first herbaceous peony seeds for the year. These are from 'Not Doreen' which of course came from Gilbert Wilds. Rolling on the floor laughing
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I also got 2 from Early Canary!!
LG -I have a little garden in which to walk and immensity in which to dream.
Name: Mary Stella
Anchorage, AK (Zone 4b)
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Oberon46
Jul 21, 2017 8:47 AM CST
I guess I need to find out what I have that produces fertile seeds besides Lemon Chiffon. I have five little seedlings from what I planted last fall. Don't know what they are as I managed to lose my list of what each # on the sticks represented.
Name: LG
Nashvillle (Zone 7a)
Peonies Hummingbirder Hostas Region: Tennessee Butterflies Garden Photography
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Mieko2
Jul 21, 2017 5:20 PM CST
Mary Stella, I have learned to take photos of my lists. Easy to find on my smartphone.
LG -I have a little garden in which to walk and immensity in which to dream.
Name: Mary Stella
Anchorage, AK (Zone 4b)
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Oberon46
Jul 21, 2017 8:31 PM CST
Very very smart. I will 'take a page from your book' and do so this year.
Name: Karen
Southeast PA (Zone 6b)
Celebrating Gardening: 2015
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kousa
Jul 23, 2017 9:06 AM CST
Congrats on your Early Canary seeds, LG. They look like they are ready to be planted. I have got a few seedpods too -though they are not my cross. I have pods from 2 tree peonies and pod on Lemon Chiffon as well as Sandra Marie. I opened a section of the pod of Sandra Marie yesterday and found that they are yellow in color but hard. I planted these. I read a post on Cricket Hill Peony website that if you get the seeds before they become black and hardened and plant them at this stage, they are more likely to germinate early. Let me find this info and post it the link here.
Name: LG
Nashvillle (Zone 7a)
Peonies Hummingbirder Hostas Region: Tennessee Butterflies Garden Photography
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Mieko2
Jul 24, 2017 11:20 AM CST
Thanks, Karen! I hope to get going on seed planting soon.

I spent the entire weekend watering and weeding.

LG -I have a little garden in which to walk and immensity in which to dream.
Name: Karen
Southeast PA (Zone 6b)
Celebrating Gardening: 2015
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kousa
Jul 25, 2017 8:24 AM CST
Here is the link from Cricket Hill Peony about starting peonies from seeds.

https://www.treepeony.com/page...

This is what they wrote about peony seeds without the harder coating having earlier germination.

"Freshly harvested seeds may germinate in the same season (in the late fall) and sprout the following spring as a small green shoot above the soil. Directly planting dry seeds with a hard and dry seed coat may need two growing seasons to naturally overcome the double-dormancy. These seeds shown below are harvested a little too soon. We have learned that it is better to wait to harvest brown and black seeds, otherwise the seeds will easily mold if not cured and somewhat dry."
Name: LG
Nashvillle (Zone 7a)
Peonies Hummingbirder Hostas Region: Tennessee Butterflies Garden Photography
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Mieko2
Jul 26, 2017 9:51 AM CST
Thank you, Karen. I hope to get started on my seeds this weekend.
LG -I have a little garden in which to walk and immensity in which to dream.
Name: Caroline Scott
Calgary (Zone 4a)
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CarolineScott
Jul 28, 2017 7:35 AM CST
We are having hot weather--above 30 ºC or 80 ºF, so I am hoping some of these seeds (bagged this spring) will germinate.
I am allowing seeds to form on several plants and will try to get those to germinate over the fall and winter.
One lot of 2 or 3 seeds has roots so I potted them into a vermiculite and soil . They are in the bottom of the 'frig.
Name: Karen
Southeast PA (Zone 6b)
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kousa
Jul 28, 2017 1:28 PM CST
Good luck to you, Caroline! Hope you will see little seedlings next year.
Name: Mary Stella
Anchorage, AK (Zone 4b)
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Oberon46
Jul 29, 2017 11:06 AM CST
Anyone interested in Lemon Chiffon seeds - fresh from this year. After my 'opps' last year I have bagged all seed heads to be sure I catch them all. should have a lot.
Name: Karen
Southeast PA (Zone 6b)
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kousa
Jul 30, 2017 8:47 AM CST
@Oberon46 Wow, that is so very generous of you, Mary. I would love to get a few if that is ok. Do you still have seeds of the beautiful purple poppy that you had a pic a few years back? I would love to get those too if you have extra of them this year.
Name: Mary Stella
Anchorage, AK (Zone 4b)
Peonies Ponds Dahlias Canning and food preservation Lilies Permaculture
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Oberon46
Jul 30, 2017 9:38 AM CST
I can send both. I will have fresh grape colored poppy seeds this fall along with the LC seeds. I will make note to save some for you. I always have more than I could ever use. lol
Name: Karen
Southeast PA (Zone 6b)
Celebrating Gardening: 2015
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kousa
Jul 30, 2017 9:45 AM CST
Many thanks, Mary! Though I have a seedpod on my Lemon Chiffon, it does not look like it is developing well. I did not pollinate it so I wonder if the pod carries any seeds.
Name: Liz Best
Elizabeth Colorado (Zone 4b)
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LizinElizabeth
Jul 30, 2017 11:45 AM CST
I have a few seedlings from LC seeds purchased from APS a few years ago. Pretty exciting when you think of all of the truly gorgeous peonies that have come from LC.....My LC is the only one I left the pods on this year, I'm quickly getting too many seedlings to handle. Still hoping to experiment with grafting but only with pieces from Phoenix White, none of the rest are big enough for me to comfortably take a piece from. Hopefully I can get the technique down by the time they're ready!
LizB
Name: Mary Stella
Anchorage, AK (Zone 4b)
Peonies Ponds Dahlias Canning and food preservation Lilies Permaculture
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Oberon46
Jul 30, 2017 4:38 PM CST
Karen, I made sure to shake the blooms to assure they were pollinated. I didn't get any plants from last year so either the trip to the garbage can or the time I let them lay around did them harm. They had nice plump black seeds though.
Name: Liz Best
Elizabeth Colorado (Zone 4b)
Peonies Enjoys or suffers cold winters Winter Sowing Region: Colorado Plant and/or Seed Trader Irises
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LizinElizabeth
Jul 30, 2017 8:20 PM CST
They can still germinate, Mary. If the seeds were hard and dark sometimes it can take a couple of years for them to show any growth above ground, even if they are this year's seeds. Don't give up on them! I planted a bunch from APS in 2014 and just this spring had a few additional ones show up...
LizB
Name: Mary Stella
Anchorage, AK (Zone 4b)
Peonies Ponds Dahlias Canning and food preservation Lilies Permaculture
Garden Ideas: Level 2
Oberon46
Jul 30, 2017 11:11 PM CST
I will take care of the little pots they are in out in the garden. I thought they were not viable. Will be interesting to see if they germinate.

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