Thursday, October 10, 2013

Peony Roots available at SIW!

Festiva Maxima
What a treat.. we have bare peony roots available for a short time at the stand! These beauties are one of my favorite parts of May. For the past 3 years, I've worked amidst a team of peony pickers (Stamina Flowers) in Chadds Ford, disbudding and cutting and processing and packing 1000s of peonies sent all around the world. Two stand out varieties are available for $10 each (cheaper than online): Festiva Maxima and Mons. Jules Elie. 

Think of it as an ugly duckling situation- ragged roots now, gorgeous flowers next May/June:) You'll want to plant the roots about 18in-2ft apart. Dig yourself a hole and situate the green stem end of the roots facing up. The top of your root should be 1.5 inches below the surface (the bottom of your root will be even further below the surface, got it?) Every year, when the plant is blooming, it's important to leave 2/3 of the greenery to do it's thing. That usually means leaving about 3 buds to bloom out in your garden (and not in a vase). This ensures enough energy will be saved for next year's growth.

Get 'em while they last!

Mons. Jules Elie
Peony fields in May! My second favorite outdoor job (besides SIW!)

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