Paeonia Deep Pink
tree peony / tree paeony
- Position: full sun or partial shade
- Soil: fertile, moisture-retentive yet well-drained
- Rate of growth: vigorous
- Flowering period: April to May
- Hardiness: fully hardy
Tree peonies are the Chinese national flower and they have been cultivated for more than 1,500 years. Their handsome foliage and enormous flowers, which can grow up to 15cm across, make them an excellent choice for a sunny (or lightly shaded) border. The vivid pink blooms that this one produces will mix well with purple and lialc, softer pinks and plum.
This tree paeonia is between 1 and 2 years old. It arrived on our nursery in late winter as a bareroot plant and was immediately potted up into an 11cm pot. It may not have a well developed root system just yet (hence we describe them as bareroot), so you should not worry if the soil falls away when planting out.
- Garden care: Protect from cold winds and early morning sun. Support the branches of young trees with canes. In early spring apply a top-dressing of a balanced, slow release fertiliser around the base of the plant and mulch well with well-rotted garden compost or manure. If the plant shows signs of collapse or the leaves become spotty, this may be a symptom of peony botrytis. Remove affected leaves immediately. In the autumn, cut off all the foliage and dispose of it to prevent reinfection the following spring. The older stems of tree peonies have a tendency to become brittle and snap, so cut these back to the ground in autumn every two or three years.
- CAUTION toxic if eaten/skin & eye irritant
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