Peonies forum: New leaves in the fall

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Name: Anya
Fairbanks, Al
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anyagoro
Sep 11, 2017 5:50 PM CST
My Singing in the Rain was dormant for a while and now is growing 2 new leaves. They are about 2" now. In 2 weeks there will be freezing temperatures at night. Shall I cut the leaves or leave them alone?
Name: Mary Stella
Anchorage, AK (Zone 4b)
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Oberon46
Sep 11, 2017 11:42 PM CST
Let them go til they freeze and turn black. Then cut the stems
Name: LG
Nashvillle (Zone 7a)
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Mieko2
Sep 12, 2017 11:43 AM CST
I agree with Mary Stella. I agree
LG -I have a little garden in which to walk and immensity in which to dream.
Name: Anya
Fairbanks, Al
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anyagoro
Sep 12, 2017 12:28 PM CST
Thank you! Thank You!
Name: Mary Stella
Anchorage, AK (Zone 4b)
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Oberon46
Sep 12, 2017 3:07 PM CST
Welcome!
Name: Liz Best
Elizabeth Colorado (Zone 4b)
Peonies Enjoys or suffers cold winters Winter Sowing Dahlias Region: Colorado Plant and/or Seed Trader
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LizinElizabeth
Sep 12, 2017 8:48 PM CST
Yeah, I've had the same thing happen with newly planted peonies. I think clipping it now is the best thing.
LizB
Name: Anya
Fairbanks, Al
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anyagoro
Sep 13, 2017 12:44 PM CST
Liz, did you clip the new leaves before the frost? I believe the leaves are producing food right now though the amount of sunlight is very limited. I hope they can add some food into the storage root before the long winter.
Name: Liz Best
Elizabeth Colorado (Zone 4b)
Peonies Enjoys or suffers cold winters Winter Sowing Dahlias Region: Colorado Plant and/or Seed Trader
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LizinElizabeth
Sep 13, 2017 5:07 PM CST
I don't want to encourage them to grow during the fall, not sure it makes a difference but I'd rather them use that energy in the spring. I'm ASSUMING the growth you're seeing is on a newly planted bareroot which should be dormant, clipping the growth should make it go back to sleep. I did have some late growth on 2 tree peonies this year--thought I'd killed them then they both sent up tp leaves in July. I left those but it was a different circumstance and the growth was a couple of months earlier.
LizB
Name: Anya
Fairbanks, Al
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anyagoro
Sep 13, 2017 6:58 PM CST
Liz, this peony is almost 1-year old. I got it last November when everything was frozen outside and planted it in a pot, kept in a cold but not freezing room until it started to grow in spring. Then placed it on a window sill, then outside when temps became above freezing and finally planted in the beginning if summer. It shed its leaves pretty early - in the beginning of August (I don't recall when exactly) and now started to grow! I know it has small roots so the energy does not go entirely from the storage root. The weather will stay OK until the end of September for sure I believe the leaves will produce sugars though I don't know if they will go to the storage or developing more foliage.
Name: Liz Best
Elizabeth Colorado (Zone 4b)
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LizinElizabeth
Sep 14, 2017 8:57 AM CST
I'd still cut it back in hopes that it'll force dormancy. Now that it's in the ground you're leaving it there, right? So you want it to get to a normal growth cycle. Then again we've seen members here with fall blooms on Itohs so.......if the new growth was on a herbaceous peony I wouldn't hesitate.
LizB
Name: Anya
Fairbanks, Al
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anyagoro
Sep 14, 2017 11:02 AM CST
Thank You!

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