How does a Healthy bare root peony look like? and fall care.

The other day, during my driftwood sculpting class, one of the ladies asked what do I do for a living. Of course, I simply had to tell her about my Peony Farm. She eagerly pursued the conversation and related the fact that she purchased a bare root peony a couple of years ago and is wondering why it didn’t bloom.

Having ruled out all the other reasons why it didn’t bloom, (planted too deep, competing with other roots, bad location, not getting enough sun, etc) – we narrowed it down to “the roots we received were not healthy”. So, I described it to her and also suggested she log in to: in the About Peonies page so she could have a good picture of how it should look like.

And, just like other plants in our garden when we do what is commonly referred to as “putting to bed your plants for the fall season”, there is one thing we have to do for peonies as well. When the foliage starts yellowing, cut the foliage down to about 1-2″ from the ground. This eliminates the possibility of any disease overwintering and affecting your next year’s bloom. By the way, if you are thinking of transplanting any peony plant, this is the time to do it. Remember, peonies must be planted to within an 1″ or 2″ from the ground.

See picture below.


Starting our Happy Valley Grower Peony Farm

     We started the Peony section at our Happy Valley Grower Peony farm this year and have made a lot of progress as you can see from the photo.

    We have now virtually completed our peony planting.. There we were (my husband, my garden helpers and myself) in the intermittent rain and sun digging holes, moving soil, mixing compost, laying out the rows for the peonies, dividing tubers, and then planting a total of more than 150 peony root tubers – herbaceous, itohs, and tree peonies.

    There are 2 sites at the Peony Farm – one for the plants we are growing for propagation and the other for the peony plants for sale.
It is so exciting , looking so beautiful, and the flowers aren’t even in bloom yet. As a matter of fact, there is nothing showing yet other than my signs,. a few tubers barely breaking ground and the muddy footprints. 

    Dirty as we were, we are excitedly looking forward to Spring. Just imagine the mass of vibrant, colorful, and amazingly huge Peony flowers in bloom come May. What a sight that will be!

    Tomorrow is reserved for my own garden where I will tend to my plants and do the fall chores of cutting back plants and preparing to put to bed the plants for fall.

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