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Peony Tips for Warm Region Gardeners

Wednesday, March 8, 2017 5:09:36 PM America/Los_Angeles

Peony Tips for Warm Region Gardeners

Often the question arises, "I love peonies but live where it may be too warm for them. . . can I grow peonies in my area?" Here's some advice that will help you determine if peonies are likely to thrive in your region.

Garden peonies appreciate cold weather during the winter and require at least 30 consecutive days of below freezing temperatures. The goal here is to keep the roots cold, so freezing and thawing weather isn't what's needed. Before buying any type of peony, consider whether you can provide sufficient dormancy period cold weather for your peonies to thrive and bloom.

If you live in zones 7 and 8, select peony varieties that bloom early in the season, before your late spring/early summer weather gets too hot. Each cultivar's description on this website includes information as to whether it is an early, midseason or late bloomer. Recognize that zone 8 represents the edge of weather where peonies will successfully bloom so planting in zone 8 is a bit of an experiment. Peonies that bloom mid to late season may survive in warm areas but they are unlikely to flower profusely and dependably.

The planting depth of your peony roots is critical to flower production. The rule of thumb is to plant the "eyes" or little pink or red growing points 1" to 2" under the soil, with the deeper end of the range preferable in the coldest regions (zones 3-5). Gardeners in warmer areas will have best results if they plant only 1" deep (zones 6 and 7) or even just 1/2" deep in zone 8.

In hot areas site your peonies where they'll get a little protection from the fiercest afternoon sun. A location with filtered late day light is ideal.

Keep in mind that regardless of where you grow peonies, when mature, these plants produce lots of big, and usually heavy, flowers. (Which is one of the reason you love them, right?) The double and semi double blossom forms are densely petalled and tend to catch rain or sprinkler water. Placing ring or crisscross supports over young plants will allow shoots to grow through the supports, adding stability to blooming stems, and eventually becoming almost invisible in the dense foliage. On the glass-half-full side, if your peonies flop in the rain it provides the perfect excuse to cut to your heart's content, bring bunches to the office, share with friends and place bouquets all around the house. How awful would that be?

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Growing peony Instructions

Monday, March 6, 2017 7:05:23 PM America/Los_Angeles

 Growing  peony  Instructions


Planting Instructions for Your Bare Root Peonies.


We make special efforts to get your roots to you at the proper time for planting between March ,September 21 and October 17th in the spring and fallhope you take advantage of this and plant the roots immediately. Holding the roots for any length of time before planting defeats the purpose of receiving fresh dug roots that are ready to start growing a new root system and building a strong plant. You may use the small amount of peat moss your order arrived in while planting your peony roots.

Selecting a Planting Site

Select a well drained site with a rich well aerated soil which receives sun for most of the day. (At least 10 hours is best for stronger stems. More sunlight is better! If you don't have 10 hours of sun you can expect fewer or no flowers.

Preparing the Soil

Add peat moss at a rate of one part peat moss for every 3 parts of soil if you are growing peonies in sandy soils to improve root growth and extend flower life and increase the total number of flowers on the plants. If you have clay soils the addition of 1 part peat moss to every 3 parts of clay soil will improve aeration of the soil and increase the height of the soil slightly making a mound and providing better drainage. Raised beds with a depth of 12-18" of additional well drained soil is recommended for the hybrids and species that will die in soggy soils before you can blink an eye.

Avoid Wet Locations!

Never plant in a low spot where water will stand as this will kill your peony. They have no tolerance for wet soils! Never use a plastic mulch which suffocates the plant roots.


You may use bone meal or a bulb fertilizer at the time of planting according to the instructions on the container being sure to avoid letting the fertilizer touch the roots directly.

Prepare the Root for Planting

Soak the root for 20 - 30 minutes in water prior to planting to rehydrate the root which loses some moisture during shipping.

Dig a Proper Planting Hole

Dig a hole large enough to accommodate the roots without bending them. Set the root in the hole so that the dormant buds(eyes)will be one inch below the ground when the soil is gently but firmly filled in around the root.

We do not recommend growing peonies in pots.

Appropriate Growing Zones

Peonies are cold loving perennials and best adapted to cold northern growing regions of the world where there is at least 6 weeks of below freezing temperatures. Good indicator plants include apples grown for their edible fruit and tulips which also require cold temperatures. If you can not grow either of these plants you are not likely to succeed with peonies. They should only be planted in the fall. Peonies are grown successfully in USDA Growing Zones 3 - 8 for garden peonies and zones 4 - 8 fortreepeonies. Success has been possible in USDA Growing Zone 8b when the eyes are planted at nearly ground level with soil just covering the dormant bud. For this zone we also recommend that you place the peony where it is in a bright filtered sunshine during the hottest part of the day. Direct sun is too hot especially southern and western exposures. Select Japanese, single and semidouble forms and those doubles that are listed as having a week 1-5 bloom date rating. Some gardeners have reported good success growing the hybrid peonies which have parents from slightly warmer climates in their background. These will go completely dormant late summer. You must also pay very good attention to watering in the fall which is when the new roots and flower buds are formed, and again during growth and flowering in the spring. If the roots are not evenly moist in the fall you can expect very little growth and possibly no flowers the following year. The first two years are critical for establishment of this plant which is known to live for centuries! Death during hot summers is more likely than death over winter unless the soil is not watered properly in the fall and winter. Late flowering (Week 6 and Week 7 Bloom Date Rating)peonies do not bloom dependably or not at all in zone 8B so save yourself the heartache and select earlier flowering varieties from Week 1-5 or those that are listed on the hybrid pages. We do not recommend growing peonies in zones 9 and 10 which are too hot for successful peony growing.

Watering is Critical

It is suggested that you water as you fill with the soil so that there are no dry pockets of soil as the peony will be growing the majority of it's new roots in the fall. If it is dry for an extended period of time be sure and water the area to avoid drying out completely. This may mean getting the hose out after the first few frosts in the fall especially on sandy soil. The last thing you should do after the Thanksgiving pie is eaten is go out and check to make sure the soil where you planted your peony root is not dry  in the rooting zone. If it is take the empty ice cream pail from the kitchen and fill it with water and give the roots a drink of water.


Remember peonies are large plants and each plant should be spaced about 36” away from it’s neighboring plant. This spacing also ensures that the neighboring plants do not shade the peony. If the peonies receive less than 8 hours of sun they do not make particularly nice foliage plants and should not be expected to bloom.

Avoid Competition from Tree and Shrub Roots

Be sure to avoid locations where competing tree and shrub roots will rob the plant of moisture and nutrients.

Winter Mulch the First Year Only and Remove Very Early in the Spring

In areas with clay soils prone to plant heaving from freeze and thaw cycles in the spring this is a most critical step since our recent winters with little snow cover has made this problem more prevalent. This is the only year you will need to mulch your peony in the fall after the ground has frozen. The mulch should be removed on April 1st or after the snow has melted the following spring or as soon as ground thawing is noted as peonies begin growth very early in the spring. For zones 7-8 that may be the first few days in March. Those left covered too long may suffer rot damage from a soggy mulch. The plants are more cold tolerant than they are soggy wet conditions tolerant.



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How to Prune a Peony

Thursday, March 2, 2017 5:53:21 PM America/Los_Angeles

                                                                                     How to Prune a Peony

Peonies, with their big, flashy, often fragrant blossoms become the focal point of the garden in spring. The flowers only last a week or two, but by planting different varieties together you can extend the season to up to six weeks. Once the flowers fade, you are left with an attractive shrub with deep-cut leaves. Pruning peonies is easy, and they often require no pruning at all. So how do you know when to trim peonies? Continue reading to find out more about when and how to prune a peony. Is Pruning of Peony Necessary? Is pruning of peony necessary, and if so, how do you go about peony pruning? In fact, peonies need very little pruning, but as with any shrub, pruning helps to promote good overall health and the control of insects and diseases. Peony pruning can help maintain the shape of the plant. When to Trim Peonies Herbaceous peonies are tender-stemmed plants that die back naturally in fall and regrow again in spring. Cutting back the dead stems to the ground in fall helps prevent insects and diseases and makes the garden look tidy. When you remove the stems, take care not to damage the crown, which is the fleshy part of the plant between the roots and the stems. Remove stems that are infested with diseases or insects as soon as you discover the problem. Trim tree peony branches to remove damage caused by winter weather and to correct structural problems in spring. How to Prune a Peony The first thing you should know about pruning peonies is where to make the cut. The best place to cut a peony stem is just above a healthy bud. If the stem is diseased, make sure you cut back to healthy wood. Do not compost pruned cuttings that are diseased or infested with insects. Burn the stems or bag and discard them instead. In cases of severe injury or when the plant is overgrown, remove the entire stem by cutting it close to the ground. When two branches cross and rub against each other, remove the least desirable branch. The friction from constant rubbing creates a wound that serves as an entry point for insects and diseases. Disbudding is the removal of selected buds to control the size and quantity of the flowers. If you remove the side buds and leave the bud at the tip of a stem, you will get one very large blossom. Removing the terminal bud and leaving those along the sides of the stem results in more but smaller flowers.

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peony introduce

Monday, February 27, 2017 12:24:21 AM America/Los_Angeles

1.Suffruticosa  Tree Poeny (Chinese Tree Peony )

Suffruticosa is one of the largest and most well known classifications of tree peonies. This group is also referred to as the Central Plains group of tree peonies as they derive from the Central Plains of China. There is incredible genetic diversity in this type of tree peony. They come in colors that include all ranges of white, pink, magenta and dark maroon (they tend not to produce good yellow, oranges, or true reds). Their flower florm is also incredibly diverse and includes single, lotus, chrysanthemum, rose, crown and bomb. The leaves range in shape from medium to round/orbicular and they very tremendiously in leaf color. Suffruticosa cultivars tend to have outstanding fragrance. See our section below on Chinese Tree Poeny for more informaiton on flower color, form and leaf shape.

Most of the tree peonies in our catalog come from this group so we tend not to note it specifically. Insead we specify when they differ from this and note them as Gansu or Lutea Tree peonies.

2.Paeonia Rockill (Gansu tree peonies)

Gansu tree peonies are a subset of the suffruticosa group that are distinguished by their purple flare at the center of the flower. These incredibly hardy plants are from the Gansu region of China. The are often referred to as Rockii peonies as Joseph Rock helped to make them famous outside of China. These plants are very fast growing for tree peonies and become quite large, up to 7 feet tall. This group has thin billowy leaves that give a more informal appearance. They tend to cross pollinate and produce wonderful seeds that can be grown into new cultivars.

These plants are of special significance to those in horticultural zones 2-3 as they are more cold tolerant . They are also particularly useful in areas with little direct sun as they flower profusely even with little light. The gansu peonies at Peony's Envy tend to benefit tremendously from this fact as the areas they are in can be quite shady.

3.Japanese Tree peony 


Lutea, sometimes referred to as Delavayi, is a species of tree peony from Tibet that has a bright canary-yellow flower. The flower is pendulous and so some of the cultivars and hybrids that derive from this species have flowers that have tendency to face downward. The main attraction of this group is their unique flower coloring. They bring wonderful yellow, gold, and orange, sunset peonies to the garden. These plants are later to bloom than other tree peonies, tend to be lower growing, and have leaf coverage that is more spreading. These plants are not as cold hardy as the other two tree peony groups. In cold winters or in cold zones, Lutea tree peonies will die back to the ground in winter, but will reemerge beautifully from the root in spring.


Of special note is that lutea hybrids are the main tree peony group that has been used to create the intersectional peony hybrids - intersectional peonies have inherited the wonderful colors of the lutea hybrids.

4.Herbaceous Peony 

Herbaceous peonies are a special subset of herbaceous peony that is actually a hybrid, or cross, between two different herbaceous peonies peregrina & lactiflora. This cross has produced unique colors not often found in traditional peonies. The unique characteristics of these hybrids are that they have just one flower on a rather sturdy stem. This makes them excellent cut flowers and amazing garden plants as they remain upright in the garden without staking.

The color of coral peonies changes dramatically as they open - as you can see in the above picture of Coral Charm. The flowers begin a deep coral bud and then fade to cream as they open. This results in plants that have incredibly interesting colorways. We especially like corals when they are planted en masse.

Coral peonies have the added benefit of being the first herbaceous peonies to bloom. This early flowering time makes them not only ideal for cool climates, zones 3-6, but for zones 7&8 in the south as well.

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Spring Care

Sunday, February 26, 2017 10:31:11 PM America/Los_Angeles


If you have peonies and you are anticipating a large frost after your peonies have begun to sprout you can place an overturned pot or light sheet over the plants just before the frost. This will protect the forming buds from any added stress that the frost can cause, which may hamper the bloom. Just don't forget to remove the covering as soon as possible. Note that this is the safer option.
That being said, we have thousands of peonies and rarely cover any of our plants during frost and our peonies still bloom well and remain beautiful. This frost hardiness is especially true for tree peonies that emerge very early in the season. We have had plants with blossoms ready to open get frosted and they have opened beautifully not too long after. Just be careful not to touch your peonies when they are frozen as it will cause them to break.

If your peonies are in full flower (flowers completely open) and you are anticipating frost it is best tocover them to reduce the impact of the frost.


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A Romance Poem about Peony

Sunday, February 26, 2017 9:57:16 PM America/Los_Angeles

A Romance Poem about Peony 

This morning the green fists of the peonies are getting ready

to break my heart

as the sun rises,

as the sun strokes them with his old, buttery fingers 

and they open —

pools of lace,

white and pink —

and all day the black ants climb over them, 

boring their deep and mysterious holes

into the curls,

craving the sweet sap,

taking it away 

to their dark, underground cities —

and all day

under the shifty wind,

as in a dance to the great wedding,


the flowers bend their bright bodies,

and tip their fragrance to the air,

and rise,

their red stems holding 

all that dampness and recklessness

gladly and lightly,

and there it is again —

beauty the brave, the exemplary,

blazing open.

Do you love this world?

Do you cherish your humble and silky life?

Do you adore the green grass, with its terror beneath? 

Do you also hurry, half-dressed and barefoot, into the garden,

and softly,

and exclaiming of their dearness,

fill your arms with the white and pink flowers,

with their honeyed heaviness, their lush trembling,

their eagerness

to be wild and perfect for a moment, before they are

nothing, forever?

from New And Selected Poems by Mary Oliver

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best season for plants

Monday, August 29, 2016 6:50:40 PM America/Los_Angeles

September is  best season to plant  tree peony , our frist delivery time  has finsihed , and second delivery time is September 12.

if you like tree peony ,pls place an order ,

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when you receive tree peony how to do ?

Monday, July 18, 2016 12:22:38 AM America/Los_Angeles

you should plant do as follows before planting peony.

1. Soak the peony root in clean water about 30 minutes.

2. Soak the peony root in water added disinfectant about 20 minutes, like Carbendazim or Chlorothalonil.

3. Then wash the peony root with clean water.

4. Then grow them into ground.

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our peony can survive -43℃

Monday, July 18, 2016 12:15:03 AM America/Los_Angeles

The rockii tree peony can bloom successfully in the temperature of -43℃ and spread as far as 53’N. We set up many peony nurseries for demonstration in Harbin (45’N), Changchun (43’N), Shenyang (41’N). Moreover, we also prompt rockii successfully to Denmark, Finland, the north of Germany, England, north USA, Russia, etc. They all grow very well. So do not worry about your local cold weather, rockii tree peony is very suitable to be planted.

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