A very interesting article on peony hybridizing, its’ past, present and future. Authors are nearly all from China, showing that, at least in the domain of exact sciences, they are top notch. It’s in an ‘open access’ journal, so freely available to read. Not exactly bed-time literature as one needs to have a clear head reading it, but well worth…Read More
Well, I was planning to browse through some old messages on the specialized yahoo groups discussion boards. I could find the groups I’m a member of, but could not locate any messages? After some searching I found yahoo has made some changes, some of them being ‘conversations, message history and attachments’ are gone. In short, all those thousands…Read More
Rozella, from my greenhouse (it’s a late blooming cultivar in fact). How to say this without overstating it? It’s a perfect plant I think 😀. Very sturdy straight stems, an immensely large flower. Floriferous. Clean closed bud. Dark green healthy foliage. It’s by far my favourite dark pink and I cannot recommend it highly enough. According to David…Read More
This is 44-T, an unregistered plant from Harald Fawkner. I’m starting to like it. It’s a hybrid with very sturdy stems and has large flowers. What makes it really stand out from the crowd is the flower form, this one has ‘Japanese’ flowers, meaning the stamens are transformed into very small staminodes, devoid of any pollen. This flower form is…Read More
No more open flowers to take images, but we should have Canary Brilliants flowering again by the end of June, early August. Mowed down several rows of them, most two weeks ago, some one week ago and the last ones just now. Waiting longer resulted in regrowth but very few flowers some years ago. The first ones are growing again.
The postman just brought us the latest American Peony Society (APS) Bulletin. An interesting publication that is. Amongst several articles also an obituary for Hermann Krupke, Swedish peony specialist and hybridizer of that pretty Coral Charm seedling named after his wife ‘Christina’. Harvey Buchite from Hidden Springs Flower Farm lists some of…Read More
I have some very young plants of Paeonia decomposita (2nd year from seeds). It will take several more years for them to grow to flowering size. They don’t like full sun and need some shadow. Not many pictures of the species can be found, so although very small, I’d like to share some images of the young leaflets that already show what it looks…Read More
There are, but if you know the most widely grown peony cultivars, you also know which ones tend to give the highest number of stems.
Check the yearly files (until 2000) for “Production, Postharvest, and Freeze-Drying Evaluations of Fresh-Cut Peonies – Kansas State University” by Karen Gast, they’re in the Hybridizer’s Corner Files section.
One of my favourites, and surely my current top pick for a successful cut flower. Grand Massive, early, semi double white with closed, white buds. Very floriferous and an extraordinarily increaser. Sturdy stems, large buds, good stem length. I’d project this one to end up in the top 10 most sold cut flowers eventually, which is a bold statement,…Read More
Results from the APS Popularity Poll: The 20 Peonies I Have to Own Earlier in the year, APS asked members to submit their favorite 20 peonies in a popularity poll. Why just 20 when there are many that are our favorites and the list changes constantly? By asking for your favorites, peonies that are […]
Board of Directors and Officer Election Results (terms 2020-2022) The American Peony Society would like to congratulate the following members, elected to the Board of Directors at the Annual General Membership Meeting, held August 1, 2020: Craig Aiken, Adriana Feng, Lois Girton, Leena Liljestrand, David Maltby, David Michener, Mike Miller, Mary Muellner, Brandie Orchard, […]
You don’t have to grow peonies to enjoy them. The link below will take you Jigsaw Explorer Puzzle Player, which will display a puzzle of a flower from the cultivar ‘Guardian of the Monastery’. A great way to practice your puzzle skills while waiting for an appointment or if you have down time! Peony Puzzle […]
‘Hillary’ The American Peony Society is pleased to announce ‘Hillary’ as the recipient of the 2020 Gold Medal and the 2021 Peony of the Year. ‘Hillary’ is a cultivar belonging to the Itoh (Intersectional) group, which is a hybrid between a herbaceous peony and a woody (tree) peony. Registered in 1999 by hybridizer Roger Anderson […]
Paeonia wendelboi is one of the newer species being seen in a number of collections worldwide. The species originates in the Talysh area of Iran and was introduced into culture in 1980 through the collection of seeds. The habitat is located in Northeast Iran in a low mountain region. The region is dry, rocky and […]
Spring in the north almost always brings the challenges of frost damaged peonies. Often damage by light freezes is visible through wilting stems in the morning and plants bounce back later in the day. Occasionally colder nights produce lasting damage exemplified by dead shoots, which do not recover. Generally temperatures which fall below 25 F […]
New Features For American Peony Society Members Attention American Peony Society Members, the exclusive Member Portal is operational and ready for use! If you are not a paid member of the American Peony Society, please purchase a membership which includes access to this new feature and a subscription to the Bulletin (among other things). […]
2020 Convention, Exhibition and Flower Show Cancelled CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19) NOTICE – Now that the novel coronavirus has been declared an international pandemic, the American Peony Society has made the difficult decision to cancel the Annual Convention scheduled for June 11 – 14, 2020, at the Chicago Botanic Garden. Out of an abundance of caution and […]
Now available: APS Bookstore The Directory features descriptions and color images of each cultivar registered through the APS in 2019. Softcover. 56 pages. Supplies are limited. More than 100 new peony cultivar registrations were processed by the APS in 2019. This represents the largest class of registrations since 2001, when 276 were recorded (mostly submitted […]
Announcing The CPS National Show (Cancelled due to pandemic concerns) Get Your Peony Fix North of the Border Each year a number of peony gatherings are planned in North America and the CPS show is one of the gems. While this show takes place in Canada, many Americans make the trip north to view the […]
The food storage roots of well-grown healthy peonies will generally by symmetrical in outline and in cross section, smooth of surface. If there are branch storage roots, expect them to be smaller but otherwise similar. Also, by late summer, as we get into digging season, expect the current year feeder roots (those which have not […]
Gift - A.P. Saunders pauses before he begins hybridization, Clinton, NY, 1917. Sable brush in hand, amid cupped peonies drenched in sunlight, iridescent as fine china, the memory of my father blooms. The post Gift poem by Blaine Marchand appeared first on Canadian Peony Society.
There are over 5,000 varieties of the common garden or herbaceous peony. Fall is the opportune time to plant your freshly dug roots. If you purchase a potted root these can be planted anytime of the year. The post Planting / Care / Drying / Cutting / Storing appeared first on Canadian Peony Society.
Arthur Percy (A.P.) Saunders, over his long career as a peony hybridizer, had over 17,224 seedlings (hybrids, tree peonies and species peonies) in his gardens. He propagated and named only 271 of them. Interestingly, only 11 of these were officially registered. The post Creating New Peonies appeared first on Canadian Peony Society.
Hybridizing is as simple as playing bee. Yes, I said bee. Hybridizing is full of wonder, leaving us full of delighted anticipation. Choose the plants which characteristics you most admire. eg: the size of bloom from one and the height of another. The post Hybridizing Peonies by Margaret Sequeira appeared first on Canadian Peony Society.
There are five basic flower forms generally acknowledged to occur in herbaceous peonies. Unfortunately, the demarcation where one form leaves off, and another begins, is not always distinct, nor sharply defined. The post Flower Forms in Peonies appeared first on Canadian Peony Society.
A peony seed germinates in response to the same sequence of environmental conditions whether it is out of doors where nature has full sway, or is kept indoors in contrived conditions. In either case the minimum requirements of a particular seed must be met or it will fail. Each peony seed has its own individual […]
WOW. Is there another word for Wow? This is definitely mind blowing! For the first time ever here at Southern Peony, we've had a Week 9 Bloom Season! That is probably very rare, especially for the South, where it usually goes from winter to summer in 1 week flat. LOL. I must say I am […]
Peony 'White Cap' in Dire Need of Support Day after day, I just couldn't take looking at it this way anymore. This Peony 'White Cap' just kept blooming and blooming. I thought at some point it would just quit blooming and I wouldn't have to watch the blooms keep opening on the ground, but it […]
It looks like the "Firefly"s came out this week. It is always so neat to see the wild, twisted, and striped petals on Peony 'Raspberry Firely' and Peony 'Pink Firefly'. Peony 'Candy Stipe' is always one of the last peonies to bloom in my garden, and I always look forward to it's peppermint like stipes […]
Herbaceous Peony 'Juliska' Giant Leaves 10 Inches Across So the foliage on the Peony 'Juliska' is not as large as the foliage that grew on my 2013 Peony Foliage on Steriods! Peony 'Bowl of Cream'. However it is still really, really big. I am wondering if this Peony 'Juliska' foliage will grow this large every […]
Intersectional Peony 'Gordon E. Simonson' WOW! That's all I can really say about this Giant Bloom on my Intersectional Peony 'Gordon E. Simonson'. Of all the intersectional peonies I grow, the flowers on this one are definitely the largest. This is actually the first year this intersectional peony has bloomed for me. I first planted […]
Never Have I Ever...1. Never Have I Ever had 4 weeks of intersectional peony cultivar blooms opening for the first time, until 2 weeks ago!2. Never Have I Ever had 5 weeks of intersectional peony cultivar blooms opening for the first time, until last week!3. Never Have I Ever had an intersectional peony open for […]
The lactifloras are definitely out this week. I can't believe how many blooms we had opening this past week in May our 7th week of bloom! I have never seen a bloom season quite like this one, and I am just thrilled. I wish our spring weather could be this temperate and easy on the […]
Transplanting an Intersectional Peony 'Bartzella'in Spring to Grandma's House Maybe I was encouraged by the mild spring we've been having. Or maybe I just couldn't bear to see Grandma's yellow peony not thrive and grow another year in a row. So I decided to dig her up one of my Intersectional Peony 'Bartzella' plants in […]
More Intersectional Peony Seedlings Pop Up - 4/26 They're alive! They're alive!! Well, it took quite a while from when the first intersectional peony seedling popped up on March 26th, 2020 Intersectional Peony Seedling Pops Up!, for another one of them to pop up. It was literally a month later when the 2nd two intersectional […]
Tulip World Intersectional Peony 'Scrumdidleyumptious'Actually Peony 'Coral Charm' Well, I suppose if you're going to get an incorrect peony for $12.95, Peony 'Coral Charm' is a great peony to get. I must say it is definitely disappointing to get the wrong peony from 2018 Tulip World Offers Intersectional Peony 'Scrumdidleyumptious' for $12.95!, but I think […]
These authors conducted experiments with stem strength on 8 cultivars of Chinese peonies, P. lacitflora. They were interested in learning if lignin and/or cellulose were the main components of stem strength (lignin won). In a previous article, they found that stem strength could be significantly improved by spraying plants with silicon or nano Calcium carbonate. […]
Attached is an article I wrote that summarizes the Alaska peony industry today. It covers how the industry got started and how it has matured over the past 18 years. As most growers will attest, it hasn’t been easy, and world competition is heating up. The industry is still in its infancy, and it will […]
JingqiXue, YeTang, ShunliWang, YuqianXue, XianwuLiu, and XiuxinZhangPostharvest Biology and Technology Volume 155, September 2019, Pages 11-19; https://doi.org/10.1016/j.postharvbio.2019.05.007 This article verifies what most of us have known for quite a while– dry storage is recommended for peonies. This article stored flowers for 3 days or 23 days at 0 – 4C temperatures. Best quality and vase life were in flowers stored dry. […]
Andrea R. Garfinkel , Katie p. Coats, Don L. sherry & Gary A. Chastagner Science Reports https://www.nature.com/articles/s41598-019-43165-y.pdf Genus Botrytis contains approximately 35 species, many of which are economically-important and globally-distributed plant pathogens which collectively infect over 1,400 plant species. Recent effortsto genetically characterize genus Botrytis have revealed new species on diverse host crops around the world. […]
A.R. Garfinkel1,a and G.A. Chastagner2 Acta Horticulturae 123: 199- 206. ISHS 2019 DOI 10.17660 Abstract The most important step in any effective disease management strategy is proper diagnosis. Therefore, in an effort to assist growers with disease management, herbaceous peony (Paeonia lactiflora) samples were collected and submitted to our lab from 12 states in […]
Diversity of endophytic fungi of Paeonia lactiflora Pallas and screening for fungal paeoniflorin producers. by Xiaozhong Cheng, Zhiwen Wei, Shunchang Pu, Min Xiang, Aolei Yan, You Zhang and Xiaomei Wang. FEMS Microbiology Letters https://doi.org/10.1093/femsle/fny263 This article has nothing to do with cut flower peonies but everything to do with the medicinal aspect of peonies but […]
Identification of floral fragrances and analysis of fragrance patterns in herbaceous peony cultivars by Song, C., Q. Wang, J A. Teixeira da Silva and X. Yu. 2018. Journal of the American Society for Horticultural Science. 143(4):248-258 This article is about herbaceous peony fragrance. The authors from China and Japan examined 30 different cultivars using both […]
The attached research summary suggests that the use of nano-silver particles in the vase water will increase vase life in peonies by 4 days. It does this partly through reducing bacteria in the water that can plug up the stems, as well as influencing the water balance in cut stems. The article includes a lot […]
The dynamics of starch and sugar utilisation in cut peony (Paeonia lactiflora Pall.) stems during storage and vase life E.F. Waltona,∗, H.L. Boldinghb, G.F. McLarenc, M.H. Williamsa,1, R. Jackman 2010. Post Harvest Biology and Technology 58:142 – 146. Peony carbs vase life. This article published in 2010 from NZ scientists examines the quantities of carbohydrates in fresh cut […]