2019, May 7th at 11:14 #24458AnonymousInactive
I’m sure everyone is excited about their emerging peonies at this time, but soon some of them are going to need support.
My topic is both question & discussion about use of peony support in the residential garden.
What percentage of people are using support cages/rings/etc vs. using nothing at all?
Where I live in Finland, there’s a limited variety of options for support rings, from the cheap and almost useless to the supremely heavy duty and highly expensive. I can see there’s no shortage of love for peony growing here in Finland, yet the options for supporting their wonderful array of flowers seems to be lacking. A marketing opportunity possibly?
What are you using in your garden?
2019, May 7th at 13:04 #24460khurtekantModerator
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 for the old officinalis double cultivars like ‘Rubra Plena’, you could go for Red Charm or any other more recent introduction.
Therefore I don’t think there’s much of a marketing opportunity with stronger support rings or something like that. The market opportunity lies more with offering stronger stemmed varieties. I guess you’d be happier with a strong stemmed somewhat more expensive peony not needing any support compared to the hassle of having to put the support ring around some cheap and pretty but floppy one. But of course if sturdiness isn’t mentioned explicitly people may opt for the older cheaper varieties that will bend down after some heavy rain…
2019, May 8th at 12:45 #24477AnonymousInactive
As with anything it seems there’s a difference of opinion.
For instance, customers purchasing peonies can only select from those which are available. Importing is an option, but even that becomes cost-prohibitive to a point.
While I will likely never be defined as someone who purchases peonies (or anything for that matter) by choosing the cheapest option – I can be counted on to select on hardiness/suitability, availability and finally personal preference & characteristics of the item in question.
And finally, there are people who just do not care one iota if their flowers are sitting in the mud or heaped over due to a heavy rain, they can not be bothered to care about it, nor would they spend one second considering a peony cage.
There are peonies growing here that came with the house and are of the older variety. It doesn’t do them any justice IMHO to leave them in a heap, but to each their own.
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