Herbaceous Peony - pack contains 1 bulb.
A new release peony offered for the first time in Australia. The truest form of red possible. A bright bloom, on very long, strong stems of the same breeding as the Coral series. Early flowering, unique and very very highly sought after!
Growing Herbaceous Peonies
Herbaceous Peonies are best grown in the Full sun or Part shade. They require ample amounts of lime - a 20cm pot worth of lime can be added to the preparation hole at time of planting. We top dress our peonies with lime and chicken manure pellets around Cup and ANZAC day each year. Once established they are drought hardy, requiring very little summer watering. They love harsh frost, with the cooler weather assisting in bloom formation.
A peony should be planted in a location that it can be left undisturbed for many years! The longer they are in for, the better. The old chinese saying after planting is...
1. The first year they sleep.
2. The second year they creep.
3. The third year they leap.
Patience is key with these stunning perennials, but once achieved you will be truly rewarded for your efforts.
Once you have selected your planting location, prepare the soil to a depth of 20cm, ensuring it is loose and fluffy. Add your lime, and mix in some well aged compost or manure. Plant the root with the pink tips 'eyes' no more than 2cm below the surface. Planting to deep, will prevent blooming. As the foliage emerges, you will need to protect from snails, rabbits and birds - who all have a horrid habit of pruning the young plants.
When selecting Herbaceous Peonies, ensure the root is firm and not limp. The eyes should be rich pink and fleshy - they should not be dull or dry. Herbaceous Peony roots should be stored moist at all times prior to planting - never in a perforated bag. We seal all our peony roots in recycled plastic, with moist coconut fibre. If you are supplied pieces that are dried, they are unlikely to perform.
The first year, on average, many peonies will produce one or two leaf stems - and if they produce a bud, it should be removed. This ensures the energy goes back into the root, to create a stronger fibrous root system, essential for future strength and blooming.
The second year, you will notice increased foliage, and often, but not always stems of blooms. Again, it is advisable to remove the blooms - however, if multiple appear, and you simply can not wait, allowing one to go to bloom prior to picking will not be overly damaging to the plant.
The third year, hopefully the plant has now established a strong root system, and is capable of producing blooms. If it does go to bloom, allow the flowers to mature.
(Do not forget to continue applying lime, and fertilising your peony all throughout its establishment stages. Your time investment in the first 3 years, will give you many years enjoyment.)