EagleSong Family Peony Farm guarantees our roots to be healthy upon arrival and true to name when flowered. Due to circumstances beyond our control we DO NOT assure the plants will live and grow well for you; however we will be happy to work with you should you encounter any issues.
All EagleSong plants are herbaceous (or bush) peonies. They require a dormancy period every winter to bloom. Peonies are fairly low maintenance flowers, but they will take a few years to establish themselves. The first and second year after a root is planted the bush will mainly concentrate on establishing a strong root system. It is in the third year that you will start seeing a substantial production of flowers.
The upside to this is that once a plant has a good strong root system it can provide over 50 years of enjoyment. Fully developed root systems can be divided and passed on for a whole new generation. Truly an heirloom bloom.
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Where to Plant:
- Peonies like their light, so put them where they’ll get a half to full day of sun
- It is important to have well-drained soil; create a mound to encourage runoff if necessary
- Loosen soil to accommodate a hole approximately 1 ½’ deep by 2’ wide
- With more than one root we recommend planting approximately 2’ apart
- If soil has a high clay content or is very dense, mix in some potting soil or compost
- If soil is acidic thoroughly mix in 1 cup of dolomite lime per root
- Back fill the hole with your loose dirt, compost, and/or lime mix to 6’’ below the surface. Place 2 tablespoons of fertilizer (we recommend a balanced fertilizer like 16-16-16) in the hole and cover with dirt to 3’’ below the surface.
Plant roots as soon as possible when you receive them from us. This gives the feeder roots a chance to become established before spring growth. The roots will keep in the packing materials for a period while you prepare their spot.
- Place peony root with the eyes (fresh growth buds, about the size of a lentil) at the top and the roots down or at an angle
- Cover the eyes of the peony root with only 2’’ of soil on top after water settles in
- Reset root closer to surface if needed
- Water thoroughly after planting
- Placing a marker will allow you to know where your roots are come spring
- Water occasionally the first year and in dry spells after they are well established
- Watering will help your plant develop more rapidly
- We do recommend pinching off the buds the first year to assist root establishment
- In the fall cut plant to the ground (you only need the root for perennial growth) and remove foliage from the area; this reduces chance of fungal spores clinging to foliage and causing disease in the spring
- We suggest mulching in the fall, but it is important that in the spring, after the last freeze, you remove the mulch. Remember, peonies only want 2’’ of material above them when growing
- Botrytis is a fungal disease to look out for. Symptoms include sudden wilting leaves, stems rotting off at ground level, and buds turning black.
- If identified: apply fungicide per label directions and/or contact your local garden center for control measures as soon as possible
EagleSong peonies make ideal cut flowers for show, drying, or just for brightening up a table. Here are a few things to consider once your peonies start blooming:
- Early morning is the best time to cut flowers, while the buds are still cool
- Cut the bud when it feels like a large, firm marshmallow ( this greatly extends the vase life of the flower)
- Place in cool water and remove all leaves that are below water level
- Cut stems again underwater as air blocks the water uptake when stems are cut out of water
- Keeping blooms cool and out of direct sunlight will increase vase life
- For the health of the plant, we generally cut no more than 50% of the flowers off of a single bush
—EagleSong Peonies, like no other flower