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  • Old Faithful, it can fade out remarkably pretty

  • Paeonia peregrina. This one from wild seeds in Serbia. First bloom. I have others of this species from there, but this one seems to be somewhat earlier (see the last image for an older plant which blooms later). It has that attractive glossy red petal colour. Difficult to capture by camera; in the image with the petals take a look at the one…Read More

    • Hello Koen , I have another question for you not on the subject of P. peregina – how do you go about dividing species ? – Do you allow any cut points on the roots to heal / dry so that callus can form before you put them in the substrate? Have you tried cutting buds / eyes with a piece of rootstock (as you do with Delphinium, for example) and then…Read More

      • Dividing species peonies is something I have mixed results with. It is very easy to divide and replant lactiflora cultivars and hybrids, I do that every year by the thousands with good results. But species are far more challenging and I’ve lots many many plants after dividing and replanting them. From my experience the safest method is starting…Read More

      • Growing substrate is probably the most impo rtant factor. It needs to be airy and drain rainwater very easily. When the peony roots have been cut, they receive a hot water treatment to kill leaf and root nematodes. After that treatment

      • they are disinfected with some organic fungicides (Serenade, a.i. bacillus amyloliquefaciens)., so I don’t leave them to dry or heal on their own Then they are cooled down fast. When I have the time I replant immediately. That is also because they are not stored in dry peat and are thus more prone to drying out. I’ve not tried cutting eyes,…Read More

  • Grand Massive (Fawkner, 2003). A few years ago I was asked by someone, whom I consider to be one of the best and most knowledgeable peony growers in the world, what I considered the best of Fawkner’s introductions. I was growing several then, including some unregistered ones and without any doubt I answered: Grand Massive. Several years later, I…Read More

  • Just Peachy (Seidl/Bremer, 2017). Creamy beige of colour; a short plant; good increaser; semi-double mostly here. A lot of people report that is only single flowering for them. Whilst it surely isn’t more than semi-double here with a limited amount of petals, they are thus spaced that they do give a rather filled appearance quite often. There are…Read More

  • Nancy. Wonderful cultivar. Very large leaflets, very sturdy upright stems. Large buds and flowers, pale pink, fades a lot.

  • Nikolai Vavilov. Fawkner plant. Some botrytis damage but it shows the sturdy stems and very large flowers. Resembles The Little Corporal somewhat, but is much taller.

  • Paeonia arietina Northern Glory. I am unsure whether it is a ‘pure’ selection as it never sets seeds and I never got any results from its pollen, so I’d rather think it is a hybrid (and I’ve seen images of the supposedly same cultivar that cannot be the same, so there are others being sold under the same name). I have another P. arietina, which…Read More

  • Ballerina (Saunders, 1941). A bit short this year and less double than usual, but these are second year plants after division, recovering from a severe infection with fusarium/cylindrocarpon two years ago and this is after a very wet Winter with higher than average temperatures. A was a (rare) bright day when photographing them, so they look a bit…Read More

  • If I don’t forget it (which I quite often do) I always take some images of the roots of my species plants whenever I move or divide them. Given that I often loose them afterwards you might say it’s for ‘nostalgic’ reasons mostly. The roots are an important determination characteristic when trying to classify species plants, but you don’t often see…Read More

    • Koen , do you have a picture of the roots of a P. macrophylla ? – and a good hand for the P. sterniana .

    • I have some seedling species peonies that I will need to move this fall and next fall. Do you have advice on transplanting to avoid shock/ death?

      • @rmulhero Transplanting species peonies is more difficult than transplanting usual cultivirs with a higher fail rate. But it goes best when they are young, thus small seedlings. From what I read, it seems your plants are just that. Absolute key to success is clearly the location where you plant them. Most species need some shade, unlike most…Read More

  • Paeonia officinalis ssp microcarpa (also known as Paeonia humilis). Growing in Portugal/Spain and South-West France. Not a fast increaser here, only one stem, but it does show the characteristics of the species with rather narrow leaflets and indumentum on the stems and petioles. The subspecies microcarpa differs by having more segmented leaflets…Read More

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