• This post is from Hannah, there seems to be a problem for her posting in this forum. We will try to solve it, for now copy/paste is the quick solution.


    Hi guys, and Happy New Year!
    The last days I have read some articles about making intersectional peonies. I found an article in Paeonia which is very hands on on how to make an intersectional…[Read more]

  • <p style=”text-align: justify;”>I don’t have any precise locations myself as unfortunately I’m not living in that beautiful country. But that map is from a (long) article on peonies in Italy, “N. G. Passalacqua & L. Bernardo (2004) The genus Paeonia L. in Italy: taxonomic survey and revision, Webbia, 59:2, 215-268.” I suppose you have it,…[Read more]

  • I can pretty much guarantee that Old Faithful is NOT a triploid, but a fertile tetrapolid instead.   It may have difficulty setting lots of seeds as a seed parent because of the physical nature of it’s carpals, but as a pollen parent it’s pollen sets seeds on other fertile tetraploid varieties just as well as pollen from any other tetraploid…[Read more]

  • khurtekant posted an update 4 months, 1 week ago

    Those interested to know more about the professional peony growing business in Alaska, a new article in Chronica Horticulturae (the members monthly magazine of the International Society for Horticultural Science (ISHS)) tells all about it.
    Holloway, P. “Peonies as field grown cut flowers in Alaska.” In: Chronica Horticulturae, vol 59, nr 3, 2019,…[Read more]

  • Gang,

    This is probably no secret to many of you, but if you are planting with the hope of digging and making divisions in the future, it’s best to plant young seedlings and single or double-rooted divisions horizontally on their sides.   When dividing and making planting pieces with the intent of digging the resulting plants in the future for…[Read more]

  • Dear Hanna,

    Sorry that your question sat here for a while unanswered.  I was not paying as much attention as I should have !

    I understand what you mean.  Should we see differences when we do a “reverse cross” ?

    My sense is that theoretically there should be some differences.  I’m not very knowledgeable about genetics, but since no one with mo…[Read more]

  • Last year Pietertje Vriend Wagenaar was honored with the Gold Medal 2018 and thus became the 2019 peony of the year (this year the award went to Angel Emily). For me it was a bit unexpected as I would have chosen

    • I’ve had signs of this same sort of speckled pigmentation show up in some of my herbaceous hybrid seedlings. Nothing as dramatic as happened with ‘The Fawn’ but it does seem like a phenomenon which can show up in other instances too.

      Bob Johnson

  • Bob and Profile picture of HannahHannah are now friends 6 months, 3 weeks ago

  • Hi Hannah
    I am a member of the Peony society..if you are interested i can share the seed list that comes from this years growing – But.. you will have to know.. many of this seedlings is open pollinated..

    so the seeds is : Of this mother peony ( name ) – and the father is often open pollinated ( pollen )
    This means that it is NOT the same peony…[Read more]

  • Hi Carsten

    No i will not participate in this conference – the only thing i have done with this, to me many mails about buying their tree peonies.. was to give them some advise..

    As they grow use to grow their tree peonies by seedlings.. and the seedlings that looked as some of the named ones, they gave the seedling.. the name –  it was not, as…[Read more]

  • Hello Hannah,

    Unfortunately it is not. I’ve tried several times but could never find usable pollen nor carpels. Cutting it down to promote growth of the secondary smaller buds didn’t help either, I got smaller flowers but they were still double.

    I’d very much like a seedling of it because it’s very good, but I’m afraid it’s a dead end when it…[Read more]

  • Hello all,

    I got an e-mail conversation with someone who thought it a good idea to hybridize for very late flowering peony varieties. “That’s a good idea,” is what I’m thinking here. My own hybridizing goals are within the early flowering ones, partly because that’s when I still have time to make some controlled crosses. Now it would be nice to…[Read more]

  • khurtekant posted an update 7 months, 1 week ago

    An article about peony growing in warmer and colder climates to lengthen the season at both sides.


  • Hello,

    The peonies I grow in my garden don’t have any support. I only grow peony varieties that don’t need support. So I cannot add much to the discussion. Several of the lactifloras need support, Sarah Bernhardt amongst them and it is a widely grown one. But you could easily choose a variety with stronger stems (The Fawn for example). Same thing…[Read more]

  • khurtekant replied to the topic Tree peonies in the forum Species 9 months ago

    Well, I’m glad it was helpful.

    Thumbs up that they grow well. The description from the Ukrainian site gives frost hardiness up to minus 30°C, which is quite hardy of course. But long ago when I  studied as an exchange student in Kobenhavn, I used to know a Finnish girl and when I once remarked that it was rather cold she told me at her place t…[Read more]

  • khurtekant replied to the topic Tree peonies in the forum Species 9 months ago

    Hello Heidi,

    I don’t know anything about that suffruticosa cultivar specifically. The Chinese and Japanese suffruticosa cultivars are more often than not unregistered with the American Peony Society (APS) which has been the International Cultivar Registration Authority (ICRA) since 1974. If you go to their database you’ll find several more common…[Read more]

  • Heidi,

    Well, there has to be a reason for all the foliage that persists after bloom time, or else why would it stick around ?  Granted, the plant needs to stay healthy until it ripens it’s seeds in the fall, so perhaps that’s the main reason it hangs on.  But it’s also reasonable to think that it’s building up it’s food supplies for the next s…[Read more]

  • It doesn’t always work when you try something new, but sometimes the results are undeniable. The two rows with red leafs on the right are the same as the one left from it, two year old plants growing outside.

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