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How to trim the peony

Tuesday, December 19, 2017 7:13:00 PM America/Los_Angeles

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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what is the growing season for peonies

Tuesday, August 8, 2017 12:18:17 AM America/Los_Angeles

The growing season for peonies, both tree and shrub varieties, varies somewhat depending on location, but is generally understood to be when the ground in not frozen. This is most often calculated by first and last frost dates. For most locations, this works out to be the majority of the spring and fall months, and all of the summer.
Peonies, like most flowering plants, are dormant during the winter. When the ground is frozen and cold, the roots are usually unable to retrieve nutrients. Instead, the roots typically stockpile needed sugars and minerals during the fall, then cease new growth until the spring.
Areas that do not have defined winters or that only rarely freeze, particularly the tropics or southern coastal regions of Europe and North America, often support longer, sometimes year-round peony growing seasons. Peonies are native to harsher climates, but will sometimes grow in warmer temperatures, too. There is usually still some period of dormancy during the coldest time of the year, but not always.
The height of the growing season for peonies is usually in the fall. When the plants store up their nutrients, they usually experience a burst of growth designed to propel them through the winter and into a new year of growth. Even in warmer climates, fall is usually the recommended time for planting peonies so that they will have time to adjust to their surroundings before blooming.
In the spring, the growing season for peonies resumes, often with a burst of nutrients from the roots. It is sometimes tempting to plant during this season, but this is often when the roots are the most fragile. Most horticulturists recommend that peonies only be planted in the spring if they have been started indoors and their root systems have had the winter to get established and solidify themselves.
Peonies require relatively little care once planted, and are generally considered to be a very self-reliant plant. Occasional mulching in the spring is sometimes recommended, depending on soil quality. The plants rarely need to be trimmed, and need only be sheltered from the cold in extremely harsh habitats. Winter is usually only a dangerous season for peonies in very cold environments, as the plants are generally relatively cold-resistant.
Grafting tree peonies usually follows the same schedule as planting peonies. A graft from one tree to another can be a very effective way of stimulating growth and increasing bloom production, but must be done with some care. In most climates, the best season for peonies to be grafted is mid-to early fall. This will give the new graft a chance to adapt and benefit from the autumnal rush of nutrients, and it will have the winter to heal and prepare to support spring blooms. Caring for peonies that have been grafted can be somewhat time-consuming, but if done in the right part of the growing season, is usually easy to master.

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A good way to grown peonies(3 rule)

Monday, August 7, 2017 1:39:48 AM America/Los_Angeles

A good way to grown peonies(3 rule)

Rule number 1: remember not to plant your peony too deeply. The tuberous roots must not be planted more than about 2.5cm below the surface. If they are planted any deeper they may give wonderful foliage (some of the intersectional peonies, such as ‘Bartzella’ AGM or ‘Julia Rose’ have finely cut leaves which turn crimson red in the spring and autumn and many of the herbaceous or garden peonies have strong red stems and light green soft foliage) but they simply will not flower. If you have a peony in the garden and it isn’t flowering, it is probably because it has been planted too deeply or it has been buried when you have diligently mulched your borders. Just wait until the autumn and then, taking care not to damage the buds on the roots, lift your peony and re-plant it at the right depth.

Rule number 2: plant your peony in a sunny position. Although many varieties will tolerate some shade (for example Paeonia lactiflora ‘White Wings’) if your peony is in heavy shade it will be reluctant to flower well.

Rule number 3: plant your peony in fertile, free-draining soil. Peonies are not generally too fussy about the soil and are quite happy in chalky or clay soils provided that it is free draining; they don’t like to sit in water in the winter.

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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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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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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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Last Promotion of Getting Single Peony in 2015

Wednesday, July 8, 2015 12:04:58 AM America/Los_Angeles

This promotion will be the last chance of getting single peony plant this fall, lasting to July 31, 2015.

48 kinds of cultivars are allowed to order 1 plant per kind, including 2 herbaceous peonies, 6 Japanese tree peonies, 7 rockii peonies, 33 Chinese tree peonies.

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International Peony Culture and Tourism Festival

Thursday, April 16, 2015 3:22:31 AM America/Los_Angeles

International Peony Culture and Tourism Festival

The Third International Peony Culture and Tourism Festival, will be held in Lanzhou New Area, Gansu province of northwest China from 18th May to 2nd June. It’s a great pleasure to appreciate Gansu peony, visit Lingdan Temple, and enjoy Chinese culture. We warmly welcome you to participate in the festival. If you come, please give us a reply and we will arrange in advance.  info@china-plants.com


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2015 New Paeonia Rockii Seeds

Thursday, April 2, 2015 3:11:47 AM America/Los_Angeles

2 major functions of Paeonia Rockii Seeds:

Breed Seedlings. The use of sowing peony seeds is to breed new cultivars which is called Rockii seedlings. White, pink and blue seedlings will got with its growth.

Extract Oil. This is a new and great invention of Paeonia Rockii Seeds. According to research data, the rate of oil content of peony seeds is over 22%; α-linolenic acid content reaches to 49%; Unsaturated fattyacid is higher than 92.7%.

Every part of Paeonia Rockii Seeds can be made to different products with specific functions. Whole body of seeds are used for Extract Oil which is even more healthy than vegetable seed oil; Seed coat is used for flavonoid which works well in Blood Circulation and Lowering Cholesterol; The pod of seeds is used for Tree Peony Polysaccharide which enhances the immune capacity, etc.

2015 New Paeonia Rockii Seeds will start selling at the end of August. 
Pre-order is picking up steam.

Write us for more details: 

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Assorted Paeonia Rockii

Friday, March 27, 2015 3:34:06 AM America/Los_Angeles

Cultivated by experts of Gansu Zhongchuan Peony Nursery, assorted paeonia rockii will bloom in may, 2015 again. The main character of Assorted peonies is 1 plant with multicolor. Particularly, 1 plant can get over 8 different flowers with different colors and cultivars. We have to say assorted peonies is a miracle in Gansu Zhongchuan Peony Nursery. They are also easy to divide and grow up.

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