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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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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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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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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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How to use seeds planting

Monday, July 18, 2016 12:07:48 AM America/Los_Angeles

• soak seeds 48 hours in a lukewarm water which should be exchanged at least three times during that time • keep the seeds in a moist environment at +27 ... +32 C for three months, then • several weeks at +10 ... +16 C up to the time when roots appear (the end of the first dormancy) and • after the roots are formed, keep the seeds at +4...+5C until leaves start forming (the end of the second dormancy), after which • plant the seeds deeper than wide pots and hope for a success. • Expect the very first seedlings to flower in the third year; most of seedlings should have their first flowers not later than on their fifth year if growing conditions are OK.

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Some Tips of Planting Oil Peony (Seedlings)

Monday, June 29, 2015 8:19:29 PM America/Los_Angeles

Section three:

After Planting

a)         Fix the crack: 1-2 days after the final watering, some cracks would be shown around the peony plants, so you need to fix the cracks with earth in time, or it will influence plants’ survival rate.

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Some Tips of Planting Oil Peony (Seedlings)

Tuesday, June 23, 2015 5:00:00 PM America/Los_Angeles

Section One: Soil Preparation

a)         Ridging is needed if the annual precipitation is over 600mm. and take measures of preventing waterlogging(digging a drainage ditch if the annual precipitation is over 1200mm), while no need in dry land.

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Some Tips of Planting Oil Peony (Seedlings)

Tuesday, June 23, 2015 5:00:00 PM America/Los_Angeles

Section two:

Before planting:

When you get the peony plants, pls do as follows(all the steps should be done in the shade. Do not put the plants under the sun) :

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