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sybram
Burleson, TX
(Zone 8a)

June 19, 2012
6:36 PM

Post #9172125

I've tried so many times to grow peonies here in Burleson. Each time they get about 5-6 inches tall, and then go KAPUT! What am I doing wrong. Please advise.

frostweed

frostweed
Josephine, Arlington, TX
(Zone 8a)

June 20, 2012
11:33 AM

Post #9172979

Sybil I don't grow peonies although I think they are beautiful, but as I understand it, the weather is too hot for them around here.
Josephine.

drthor

drthor
Irving, TX
(Zone 8a)

June 20, 2012
2:30 PM

Post #9173254

sybram
I have a big peony collection: herbaceous, peony trees and Itoh peonies.
You need to think a peony as a "cemetery plant" = less you care = more flowers.
Plant away from large trees and shrubs and in full sun .. even if I have a few peonies blooming also in partial shade.
When you plant a peony do not plant to deep, you need to see the little red eyes.
Also, do not plant by the front door, because peony's leaves will turn brown during the summer heat. They will dye down in the winter and pop up again in the spring.
The best suggestion is to buy a well established plant.
Here in Dallas, it seems that the worst wind and rain will arrive as soon as the peonies bloom ! So I normally cut the flowers and enjoy them in the house
Good luck !

In the first picture you can see two giant white balls, look at the comparison in size with the Irises behind. Yes those are peonies.

frostweed

frostweed
Josephine, Arlington, TX
(Zone 8a)

June 20, 2012
4:59 PM

Post #9173401

Well then I got the wrong information, I have been told that you have to put ice at their roots to keep them cool.
sweetmommy
Fulshear, TX
(Zone 9b)

June 20, 2012
8:27 PM

Post #9173663

drthor-Your gardens always look so pretty! And I had given up hoping to grow my favorite, peonies, as well. Thanks for the positive info!

drthor

drthor
Irving, TX
(Zone 8a)

June 20, 2012
8:30 PM

Post #9173667

frostweed
I don't even look at my peonies and every year they pop out and make me smile.

stephanietx

stephanietx
Fort Worth, TX
(Zone 8a)

June 20, 2012
8:37 PM

Post #9173672

Do they go dormant in the summer?

drthor

drthor
Irving, TX
(Zone 8a)

June 20, 2012
8:53 PM

Post #9173682

Some of my herbaceous peony completely will turn brown in August.
My Itoh Peony stay always green, until the winter.
Check out if NHG still have some of their peonies. A few weeks ago I went there and they put their 5 gal on sale 50% and buy one and get one free. I bet they are all gone !
sybram
Burleson, TX
(Zone 8a)

June 21, 2012
7:23 AM

Post #9174090

Oh, drthor, they are so beautiful! I want some just like yours in my beds. Do they all get brown leaves?
sybram
Burleson, TX
(Zone 8a)

June 21, 2012
7:27 AM

Post #9174095

Drthor, which type do you think I should try first? The easiest to grow, I mean? Is the peony tree actually a tree or shrub? How high do yours get?
sybram
Burleson, TX
(Zone 8a)

June 21, 2012
7:28 AM

Post #9174097

Is NHG a Nursery?

stephanietx

stephanietx
Fort Worth, TX
(Zone 8a)

June 21, 2012
8:00 AM

Post #9174155

NHG= North Haven Gardens
sybram
Burleson, TX
(Zone 8a)

June 21, 2012
8:15 AM

Post #9174169

I just checked NHG on line. They do still offer the peonies at "buy one, get one free." Does anyone know at what price they are marked/offered?

Do you think Lowes has them?

drthor

drthor
Irving, TX
(Zone 8a)

June 21, 2012
8:22 AM

Post #9174187

I bought the 5 gal Itoh a full price at NHG in February for $80. Amazing plants !
I had no problem spending the $80 because on-line just one Itoh eye was $84 ...
They reduced the plants to 50% and bought more ... now I must go back there again.
NHG plants don't compare to Lowes at all. Those are huge 5 gal plants, with at least 20 eyes ... the one I bought (I dunno what is left)

Buy the NHG t-shirt, so you will always have $10 discount.
sybram
Burleson, TX
(Zone 8a)

June 21, 2012
9:01 AM

Post #9174273

Thanks, drthor. So, will I bite the bullet, and shell out the $40 or more bucks? I dunno. I know I wouldn't pay $80. Is this an OK time to plant something new, or is it too close to the triple digits?

stephanietx

stephanietx
Fort Worth, TX
(Zone 8a)

June 21, 2012
10:59 AM

Post #9174436

Sybil, I would say that NHG would choose varieties that grow well here. If you baby the plant, it should be fine.
sybram
Burleson, TX
(Zone 8a)

June 21, 2012
12:53 PM

Post #9174592

Thanks all. I'll have to let all this info simmer for a few days. Cooking until Monday. God is good. ;%)

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