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Paeonia species

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Difficult to grow from seed, which is best sown immediately when ripe into a protected location, may require a double dormancy to germinate; germination is slow and irregular. May however be started from older seed sown in spring, under the same conditions; nick seedcoat prior to sowing. Well-drained soil rich in organic material; accepting of alkali soils. Sunny spot; protect from scorching especially in hotter climates. Water regularly during growth. Zone 2-8; some have been grown outdoors successfully in zone 1

Divide in late summer or early fall; purchased specimens are best planted at this time. Set crowns some 1-2" below soil surface, with eyes pointing up

Peonies are difficult to grow in zones 7-8, but early-blooming forms may flower before hot weather sets in, and return well a next year if the rootstocks are close to soil surface and receive adequate cold exposure in winter: check local nurseries for advice

The growth and propagation of tree peonies, Paeonia lutea and others, are detailed separately

Tree peony (Paeonia suffruticosa)

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