• Chinese tree peonies - a documentary

    Some documentaries about tree peonies have recently appeared on youtube by CGTN Documentary. English spoken and made in China, a welcome addition for those wanting to know more about them. Launched on Jan. 1, 2011, CGTN Documentary is the only...

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  • Growing species peonies (by Galen Burrell)

    Growing Species Peonies From: Burrell, G. "Growing species peonies." In: American Peony Society Bulletin, 2001, nr 317, pp. 19-22. From Seed to Seedling There are a great many ways to germinate peony seeds. Read the APS Bulletin over a few years or...

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  • Here some pictures of me pouring some Ga3 in water on the peony plants. It’s the first time we use a tractor for this purpose. Works much faster than simply filling buckets and a measuring cup as I used to do.

  • Hello, the humidity was always too high during the growing period in the hoop house, which should have caused many diseases, especially botrytis.

    Would you pay attention to the method of vegetable’s early forcing in hoop? To cover the whole ground in the hoop with mulching film, and let the drip pipe under the film. When the buds of the peonies…Read More

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    • Yes, humidity is a problem in the polytunnels. The larger polytunnels are better in this respect. You need to open the sides quite often to vent them. Controlling humidity goes better with some experience. The smaller polytunnels I leave the front and back halfway open always. And I have found there is a maximum length of polytunnels that can be…Read More

      • Please pay attention to the attached picture of mulching film : drip irrigition under the film. The film can decrease the evaporation of the ground, you can lessen the times of irrigation, and so the humidity will not increase quickly.
        Just a suggestion,Ok?
        Thanks for your kind and detailed explanation. I’m going to try some plants at once.…Read More

      • I see. The mulching film is thus the white plastic? I suppose drip irrigation under that plastic will indeed be necessary, otherwise the only water would come from the openings around the plants. Are you planning on using those same ‘growing bags’ or do you want to plant the peonies in soil and then place such white plastic above it, with openings…Read More

  • Peony experiences 2021

    The year 2021 is nearing its end. The last peonies shall be planted soon whilst only a few plants remain with green foliage. So, after some years, it might be an idea to look back onto the previous peony...

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    • Definitly 2021is quie challenging!! Too much raining and cold. Did your early forcing work with GA3 and polytunnels? Hope you meet the sky-high price period!!

      • Hello @lindapeony . Challenging it was indeed. For peonies at least we had our most profitable year ever, so we won’t complain. We are slightly earlier than Holland, about one week, but that does make a lot of difference. The last ones were mostly kept for ULO-storage, which failed miserably this year, but as the rest was very good… Early forcing went well, and GA3 as well, just have a look at the photo attached here (may be only visible in the ‘activity’ stream, not as comment below the article, software bug). This shows The Fawn outside during the season. The rows on the right had received GA3, whilst those on the left are naturally grown. The difference is about one week and the two series overlap somewhat, but you can clearly see that it’s possible to split work this way and have them earlier.

    • The most profitable year!! A just reward for the efforts you had made.

      The tunnel with GA3 should be much earlier than the ones with GA3 in the open field. So why didn’t you try more peonies in the polytunnels? Maybe the sky-high price period would be longer or earlier for yourself.

      • I did. The results in the polytunnel are the same, about one week difference. It’s just coincidence that I got a better picture outside. I was unable to cut all of the Fawn and therefore you can see some flowering in the right rows in that picture and therefore the difference is better shown. In The Fawn on the left not one flower was in bloom and the picture was taken before I was going to cut them for the first time.

  • Does anyone know of independent peony trials other that the large one reported in the dutch Dendroflora no 35 1998 and the new one in 2021 by the britiske RHS?
    I am about to write a major article about the two for the Danish Peony Society and would like to consider all indeendent trials available.
    Sincerely
    Allan Høxbroe,
    Denmark
    Phone +454200205

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  • Some Hybrid Peonies (by A.P. Saunders, 1941)

    Some Hybrid Peonies(1) by A. P. SAUNDERS In: American Peony Society Bulletin, 1941 When Mr. Christman asked me to give some account of my work in hybridizing peonies...

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    • This variety was extra-sensitive to our late frosts for me. I grew it for many years as Bill’s Best Yellow, and although I had a big plant of it, I almost never got flowers, let alone any seeds. My home garden is small, and I finally dug it out to make way for another variety. But I sent the divisions off to some other people, so it did not go…Read More

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  1. Saunders, A.P. “Some Hybrid Peonies.” In: American Peony Society Bulletin, 1941, September, pp. 3-12[]

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