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  1. Do you sell your peonies?

    We do not sell divisions of our plants. We do offer a selection of historic cultivars for sale in the spring. Watch our web site and e-newsletter for updates.

    December 4, 2012

  2. Why are there empty beds since they were full last year?

    We are re-organizing several peony beds around themes. Since peonies are best moved in the fall, last fall we relocated two of each kind to the other peony beds. The currently empty beds will be amended this season, and replanted this fall, 2015. The themes for these beds on the south side of the Peony Garden are in order:

    Historic...

    May 29, 2015

  3. Why are there empty spots in the Peony Garden?

    We have removed diseased peonies from the Peony Garden.  A cover crop was planted and tilled under to add organic matter to the soil.  After the peony bloom, heirloom annuals are planted in the empty spaces to add color and interest over the summer.  New, healthy peonies will be planted in the empty spaces in upcoming years.

    September 7, 2012

  4. How do you transplant a peony?

    Peonies transplant better when you divide them.  Do this in the fall for best results!  First, dig up the plant.  Start digging a good 18 inches away from the crown of the plant.  Dig in circles around the plant, going deeper and deeper until you can gently lift the root ball out of the ground.  Prying the peony out of the...

    September 7, 2012

  5. When is the best time to plant peonies?

    Peonies do best when planted in the fall.  They grow most of their roots in the fall, so it makes the most sense to let peonies have this time to establish before they endure the heat of summer.  Peonies are tough and will usually survive spring planting, but the plant may experience a higher level of stress for the first year. Please see the...

    December 4, 2012

  6. Why are there ants on my peonies?

    Ants are attracted to and eat the sweet nectar secreted by the peony bud.  Ants do not harm the plants, and the plants do not require ants to open. 
     
    Before taking peony flowers into your house, you can turn them upside-down in a bucket of water to get the ants off.

    September 7, 2012

  7. Why aren’t my herbaceous peonies blooming?

    • Young plants – peony plants can sometimes take up to 3 or 4 years to produce blooms
    • Small divisions – if a plant was recently divided sometimes it takes longer to produce blooms
    • Poor nutrition – peonies are heavy feeders and like heavy soils with some clay.  If you plant a peony in sandy or poor soil it will require...

    September 7, 2012

  8. How many species of peonies are there in the wild? How many cultivars in gardens?

    The current scientific review by Dr. Hong recognizes 54 species in the wild. His most recent review in English is Peonies of the world: taxonomy and phytogeography, published by the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, in 2010. The number of species found in the wild is quite different from the number of cultivars (human selections) found in...

    December 4, 2012

  9. What is the difference between tree, intersectional, and herbaceous peonies?

    Tree peonies have woody stems that stay above ground all year.  Their leaves are deciduous and drop every fall. 
     
    An intersectional peony is a cross between the tree peony and the herbaceous peony.  The flowers look like those of a tree peony, but the stems die back to the ground each fall.
     
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    September 7, 2012

  10. Do you sell cut peonies for flower arrangements?

    We do not cut our peony flowers for sale. This is a living museum exhibit of historic peonies that is open for all to enjoy. Removal of any flowers would degrade the experience. Cut peonies may be ordered in advance through your local florist, and some of the commercial sources listed in our Peony Resources under "Peony Organizations and Links...

    December 4, 2012

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