Peonies forum: Big Box Surprise

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Name: Gary Ray
North Carolina (Zone 7b)
graycrna4u
Feb 11, 2018 1:53 PM CST
I have been stir crazy after being locked down with the flu for the past week. So today, I decided to venture out. I did the usual family shopping at Costco and noticed they had their spring bulbs display out (including peonies). Then I decided to stop and look at what Lowe's Hardware had out as far as spring bulbs. I walked right into this display:

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I was blown away. I have never seen itohs at our Lowe's before much less this nice display. Much to my wife's chagrin, I bought 2 boxes.

Here is what was inside box 1:

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Here is what was inside box 2:

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They are all large healthy looking roots. Packaging was professional and all three roots were in one bag. Multiple eyes on all roots. They also had a box with Bartzella and Cora Louise. The only downfall that I have seen is the roots aren't labeled. I am after Scarlet Heaven and Canary Brilliants but I also have 4 Bartzella roots now, all unlabeled. What a problem to have, right? I plan on planting 1 Bartzella and gifting the other 3 to coworkers that I have passed the peony bug to. Now, if the roots are what they claim to be.

The boxing says the roots are imported from the Netherlands by the GardenStateBulb Company. Nice website. Opinions on this company anyone?
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
Feb 11, 2018 2:42 PM CST
I've not seen Itohs at our Lowes but I'm stopping on my way home tomorrow, just in case! I think I've seen that GardenStateBulb Company name on a lot of the bagged bulbs purchased from big box stores. Regardless, looks like you have some roots ready to get growing, Gary! Makes it feel like spring's just around the corner, congrats on your find!
LizB
Name: Gary Ray
North Carolina (Zone 7b)
graycrna4u
Feb 11, 2018 6:16 PM CST
Better yet, if the ground is soft enough, should I go ahead and plant. It was 69 degrees here today.
Name: Annette
Duluth, Ga (Zone 7a)
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Cem9165
Feb 11, 2018 9:46 PM CST
Gary, what a great find! I'm hoping our stores here will have these plants! Your roots look amazing!
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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
Feb 11, 2018 10:06 PM CST
I've planted peonies from GW in March/April and have had subzero temps and blizzards afterward, they did just fine. Just remember to water the spring planted ones more than you need to water the fall planted ones and they might appreciate a bit more shade in the summer. I have a bunch of stackable patio chairs that migrate around my garden for that specific purpose, they don't fly away as easily as most temporary shade (if you put a big enough rock in the seat, that is).
LizB
Name: Karen
Southeast PA (Zone 6b)
Celebrating Gardening: 2015
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kousa
Feb 12, 2018 11:30 AM CST
My Cora Louise came Lowes 5 years ago. It was planted in spring 2013. The root was about the same size as that of the pics from above. Not sure if it came from the same company from the Netherlands. It grew well but I did not get a flower from it until 3 years later in 2016. It has grown into a big bush now.

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I am sure they will grow well for you - just take a bit of patience. Smiling Smiling
Name: Annette
Duluth, Ga (Zone 7a)
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Cem9165
Feb 12, 2018 2:04 PM CST
Karen, that Cora Louise combo with the clematis and Iris is gorgeous!

I've never seen Itohs at our Lowe's before. I'm hoping they carry them this year.
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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
Feb 12, 2018 9:45 PM CST
I checked my Lowes on the way to work this morning, they don't have any bulbs out yet. I'll check back later. I'll also check Home Depot since I did find little tree peonies there one year....
LizB
Name: Annette
Duluth, Ga (Zone 7a)
Charter ATP Member Roses Birds Tropicals Hummingbirder Bulbs
Region: Georgia Lilies Irises Peonies Clematis Plumerias
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Cem9165
Feb 12, 2018 10:17 PM CST
I've only ever found herbaceous peonies at Lowes and HD here, I hope that changes this year.
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Name: Mary Stella
Anchorage, AK (Zone 4b)
Peonies Ponds Dahlias Canning and food preservation Lilies Permaculture
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Oberon46
Feb 13, 2018 9:45 AM CST
Walmart here has peonies, though only intersectional and herbaceous. No trees. Same with Lowe's, HD, and Costco.

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