On May 13, 2017, cgoldb Ithaca, NY (Zone 5b) wrote:
I ordered 9 peonies from this grower in the fall of 2016. 7 of the divisions had 3-5 eyes and two of the divisions only had two eyes. I waited until spring to see if the latter had very small eyes that I might have overlooked. In the spring these plants only had two shoots each. Based on other peony growers websites / literature the industry standard is #1 divisions which have 3-5 eyes. When I contacted the grower, he responded that I should be satisfied with two shoots and that 3-5 eye divisions (and even larger ones) "don't send up, in most cases, more than two stems the first year." While local nurseries do not offer the fabulous selection of stock that A & D offers, for the same price I can buy a potted peony with at least 4 to five stalks with no shipping costs to boot.