Peonies forum: A Lotta Seedlings!

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Name: Karen
Southeast PA (Zone 6b)
Celebrating Gardening: 2015
Apr 10, 2018 4:49 PM CST
Last summer I had seed pods on some tree peonies and Sandra Marie peony. THe seeds were nature crossed so I do no know their pollen parent. I just wanted to experiment if I would get any seedlings by sowing them in the ground directly and then covering them with a thin layer of soil. I harvested them as soon as the pods cracked and immediately sowed them. Didn't think I would get many but am pleasantly surprised. I found some seedlings growing in places that I scattered the seeds. I think about 1/4 of the seeds germinated.

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Lemon Chiffon seedling from Mary's seeds. Mary, I found one germinated from the ones you gave me. Maybe more will come up later? But so far there is this one! So excited!
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Name: Anya
Fairbanks, AK (Zone 3b)
Cat Lover
Apr 10, 2018 4:55 PM CST
Karen, congratulations! Really exciting!
Bowling Green Kentucky (Zone 6b)
Apr 11, 2018 5:48 AM CST
How very cool! I have one plant, Dancing Butterflies, that reseeds like mad, but seedlings seem to all be very like the parent plant. I found a seedling by another plant this year, Early Scout. Maybe I should try actually crossing these 2. I hope yours produce something really nice.
Name: LG
Nashvillle (Zone 7a)
Peonies Hummingbirder Hostas Region: Tennessee Butterflies Garden Photography
Apr 11, 2018 7:43 AM CST
Congrats Karen! This will be fun !
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
Apr 11, 2018 12:08 PM CST
Thanks, Anya, Nancy, and LG! I think you should go for it, Nancy! It cannot be simpler. Just make sure you harvest the seeds as soon as the pods open and then scatter them wherever you like and then scatter some soil over them. THe only set back to the method above is low germination. But anyway, I have not had much luck germinating seeds on my own, not even one so I am glad that this experiment gives me some positive outcome. I am planning to do more intentional crossing this year and will use the same method above to germinate the seeds.
Name: Annette
Duluth, Ga (Zone 7a)
Charter ATP Member Roses Birds Tropicals Hummingbirder Bulbs
Region: Georgia Lilies Irises Peonies Clematis Plumerias
Apr 11, 2018 6:40 PM CST
Congrats on your seedlings Karen! Please share how your seedlings do over time.
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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
Apr 11, 2018 11:48 PM CST
Don't be discouraged by the germination rate Karen, more will probably show up next spring or even a bit later this. Congrats on your seedlings! Exciting, isn't it?!

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