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Name: Karen
Southeast PA (Zone 6b)
Celebrating Gardening: 2015
May 15, 2018 7:44 AM CST
I don't really have any game plan or strategy with the hybridizing. I just cross whatever flowers are close to open today to those that are already open. Not sure if the pollination takes. Will have to wait and see.

Joseph Rocks X Maybe Shimano Fuji
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Joseph Rocks X Kamata Fuji
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NOID Rockii X Kamata Fuji
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Offininalis Rosea Plena X Kamata Fuji
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May 15, 2018 8:49 AM CST
Beautiful flowers!

Are these crosses you just started doing for the 1st time or have you done this before?

I'm just curious how many years it would take them to flower from seed and if you're planning on keeping all of your crosses or only the ones that get the best flowers?
Name: LG
Nashvillle (Zone 7a)
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May 15, 2018 9:26 AM CST


Wonderful Karen! This will be fun.

You should freeze some of your Tree Peony pollen to use on later blooming herbaceous peonies. Maybe you will get a wonderful Intersectional peony!
LG - My garden grows with love and a lot of hard work.
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chicago, illinois (Zone 6a)
May 15, 2018 12:35 PM CST
Obviously you like the romantic color of Kamada Fuji. Is it fertile in both ways or just the pollen?
Name: Karen
Southeast PA (Zone 6b)
Celebrating Gardening: 2015
May 15, 2018 5:20 PM CST
@awhite522 Thanks. I hope to get some nice seedlings from these crosses. This is the first time that I actually do intentional hybridizing. It takes 5-7 years for a tree peony seedling to bloom, I think. It will be a long time before I will see a flower. But for now, I hope these crosses take and form seeds. Once that's done, i hope they will germinate and grow into seedlings. After all this, then I can hope to see flowers in a a number of years. :)

@peonyplan, I am not sure if Kamata Fuji is fertile both ways but its pollen must be fertile because it's the pollen parent of BARON THYSSEN BORNEMISZA which produces gorgeous large double mauvish pink flowers. This is BTB's parentage: P. suffruticosa Rock's Variety (U.K. form), pollinated by Kamada Fuji according to Carsten Peony database. The reason I used KF's pollen is because I don't think I will get a flower from this TP next year. It spent all its energy producing this bud while being very small. I guess it may take a break from blooming next year.
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Name: Yan H
Westminster, MD (Zone 6b)
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May 15, 2018 6:26 PM CST
That's so cool! Karen
I can't wait to see those seedings bloom.
Name: Liz Best
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May 15, 2018 6:49 PM CST


Hope you get lots of seeds and seedlings, Karen!
Name: Tracey
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May 18, 2018 5:23 AM CST


Nice ideas for crosses Karen. Do you do any protecting of crosses, in the event of winged peony travelers? Just curious.

If I don't peel back the petals before they fully open, pollinate, then cover to protect from further pollen, I call them A x B +OP

It's fun throwing pollen around, isn't it?
Name: Karen
Southeast PA (Zone 6b)
Celebrating Gardening: 2015
May 20, 2018 7:59 AM CST
Oops, I did not protect the crosses! I will from now on. I think it maybe too late to do anything about these now as they are already 5 days old. But from now on, I will certainly protect them. What do you use to cover them? Can I use zip lock bags?

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